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4 tips to never forget a birthday

If there are 50 people in your life that you’d like to congratulate on their birthday, that means you have to remember a birthday every 10 days. Since we’re not super humans, most of us can’t remember all of these. So what do you do?

First of all: make a list of all the birthdays, anniversaries and other important events you’d like to remember. This might seem like a hassle, but if you do it right, you only have to do it once and add any new birthdays or events as you go. So after you’ve made the list, you have a couple of options:

1. Create a birthday calendar and hang it in a space you frequent often

Okay, it’s an easy one, but it really works. Make a calendar (or even easier, go out and buy one) and fill in the birthdays of your friends and family for the entire year. Hang it in a spot in the house that you visit often, like the kitchen or the toilet (no judging). This way, you’ll get reminded regularly. 

2. Keep birthdays in your day planner and make them stand out

You can also use your day planner for birthdays, since you probably look at it quite often. Write down birthdays with a colored pen, so they quickly catch your eye.

3.Add the birthdays to your online calendar and add a reminder

Adding a birthday to your online calendar can help you remember. When adding a birthday, make sure that it recurs yearly. You can also add a reminder a couple of days before the birthday, to make sure you don’t forget. If it’s a birthday you’d like to buy a present for, make sure to add a reminder two weeks or so beforehand, so you have time to think of a present and also actually get one. 

4. Even more fool proof: send your personal birthday wishes automatically

Do you want to get reminded of birthdays, but also make sure you actually send someone a birthday wish? Without losing the personal touch? Then you can download the Scheduled app. In the app, you can easily import your birthdays through your iOS or Google calendar and add personal birthday messages to each of them that get sent on their birthday. The app gives you two ways of sending birthday – or other – messages: automatically through iMessage / SMS or with a reminder through the messenger of your liking. Read more about the app here.

Check you out being all thoughtful and not forgetful!

Jojanneke Vonk