I have a confession …since 1994, I have a list of every Christmas present I (or Santa) has ever given. Want me to prove it? In 1997, Santa brought Austin a Spirograph and Hayden a fire truck. In 2000, we gave my dad some Sam Houston State University dominoes and my mom a blazer and shirt. In 2002, we gave my nephews the PS2 game, Spyro. In 2004, Santa brought me a watch. In 2014, my husband received a tool box. Every year I also create a list of our Christmas card recipients to remember who to send cards to the next year. Because as a teacher I lived my life in school years, every August, I list out family and friend birthdays in my new, clean calendar. I also list the day to send the birthday card (usually the week before). I have to-do lists, grocery lists, bills-to-pay lists … the “list” goes on and on. Now you may think I am super organized or even a bit of a control freak, but the truth is -- I list things so I can remember. The Christmas lists help me NOT to give the same thing a few years later. The birthday list is to make sure I don’t forget to send warm wishes. The other lists help me to better utilize my time at the grocery or running errands or when I need to change credit card or banking information. So is the blog strongly suggesting that you too make and use lists? Not really. But I do encourage you to find the best strategy to use to help you remember things. Use a calendar or planner. Use your phone or computer to set reminders. Use sticky notes on the fridge, the bathroom mirror, or on your steering wheel. My mom stapled notes to her purse straps. My husband writes a note and puts his keys on top of it. Finding a way to help you remember things can help you connect with others, communicate information successfully, and become more productive, at home and at work. As this new year begins, etc Strategies believes that there are many effective strategies for remembering things. Find the one that works best for you. And let us know what you come up with … we’ll make a list to share with others!!