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Simple Reminders for Dates and Schedules

Updated on March 23, 2011

As one advances in years and wisdom, proficiency with numbered things tend to decline, which could lessen very much the benefits gained with added wisdom.

Among the diminishing skills could be following daily routines like taking  vitamins or medicines,remembering oncoming dates like special anniversaries,  or just knowing the current day of the week.

Memory lapses of those types could really be hazardous to your health.

A very simple and economical aid for remembering current and future schedules is with the use of some colored paper clips and a common monthly calendar. Calendars usually have 1 page per month with dates in 5 week-rows and 7 day-columns.

Green clip on day-column with green clip pair on week-row reminds of  the current day of the week and of the month (Friday of January 21).
Green clip on day-column with green clip pair on week-row reminds of the current day of the week and of the month (Friday of January 21).
Red clip on the day-column (Thursday as shown) is for the last intake day of vitamin/nedicine (1 or more pieces at the same time).
Red clip on the day-column (Thursday as shown) is for the last intake day of vitamin/nedicine (1 or more pieces at the same time).

A pair of same-colored paper clips may be used to pinpoint specific dates like the current date or special anniversaries. One clip is at the calendar's left side on the specific week-row and its pair clips the bottom on the specific day-column.

The bottom clip is moved daily if used to pinpoint current date while its pair above on the calendar's left is moved weekly as necessary.

Daily routines to be followed (vitamin/medicine intake, etc.) may be remembered by use of separate clip or clips at the bottom under the day-columns that are moved also daily when the routine is done.

Paper slip notes may be attached to the bottom clip if more details are needed regarding the routine or the pinpointed date.

Homemade vitamin 'holders reminder' for 7-day intake of vitamin capsules made out of  used box carton. Two carton strips were stapled together with 7 pockets created for  putting in the capsules
Homemade vitamin 'holders reminder' for 7-day intake of vitamin capsules made out of used box carton. Two carton strips were stapled together with 7 pockets created for putting in the capsules
First pocket is for Sunday intake. The wide wrappers at the Friday and Saturday pockets  have unused capsules. Long wrapper strip at Thursday pocket  is the last intake day.
First pocket is for Sunday intake. The wide wrappers at the Friday and Saturday pockets have unused capsules. Long wrapper strip at Thursday pocket is the last intake day.

A more specific reminder when taking vitamin/medine in the form of capsule of tablet is by use of a number of holders for vitamin/medicine individually labelled with the day and/or time the contents should be taken.

All holders are filled in advance at the user's convenient time, minimizing the chance of forgetting scheduled intake. For better reminding, a 'holders reminder' may be used in combination with the 'calendared reminder'.

Some drugstores sell these special holders (essentialy little boxes joined together with appropriate labels), good for some standardized period like 1 or 2 weeks, 1 month, etc. The place for these manufactured holders usually are flat surfaces like table tops.

For simple needs like maybe a scheduled single intake per day or just to save, simple holders may be cut out of cardboard that can be tacked or fastened to some wall, preferably near a calendar.

Surrounding temperature and period in it may be considered when using a 'holders reminder'. These factors might not be apparent if the vitamin/medicine were purchased piece-meal.

Bought with their original box, some advice on storage for the vitamin/medicine may be found. Most if not all advices may state that storage temperature should not exceed 30 degrees centigrade.

It may be necessary sometimes to place vitamin or medicine inside a refrigerator as soon as possible, which could be inconvenient in cases of 'holders reminder' usage. A 'calendared reminder' only may be preferred where use of the other reminder is not wanted.

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