Do you ever have those oh god! moments when you remember that you totally spaced on someone’s birthday? I had those frequently! At first I tried to remember by noting their birthday on my calendar but then their birthday would come and I would have to send out the card the day OF or even AFTER their actual birthday!
Then someone mentioned to me how they prep all the birthday cards for the month in advance! Genius! I’m sure this has occurred to many people already but it was a completely new idea for me. Using the supplies I already have I got to work! Now each month I go thru this little ritual that keeps me on top of my birthday game!
It all starts on the 25th of every month with this tiny reminder in my Filofax. Its a post-it so if I forget on the 25th I can move it forward until the job is done. Once it IS done, I move the post it to the 25th of the following month.
The next step is to pull out my two memory-saving books. My address book, in brown and blue, and my “Celebrations of Life” book in which I keep all the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family members.
I highly recommend an address book of this style. I’ve used others in the past but I believe I got this one at TJ Maxx in my college years and I’ve never looked back. It’s a binder style address book and I keep all the extra blank sheets of addresses in the back for convenience.
I usually just grab a random piece of paper and jot down the birthdays in order of date. Then I will go to my stash of greeting cards which I keep in an old box I purchased from Hallmark years ago. I decide on a card for each of the people on my list and then get them signed and addressed and ready to go! One thing I don’t do actually is put a stamp on them. Sometimes at the last minute I end up having plans with someone on their birthday and if I’m going to see them on or around their birthday I prefer to give them the card in person. That way I won’t waste a stamp.
We have a wall filing pocket thingy inside our office and I put all the cards there so I can easily grab them when I am ready to send it. The very last thing I do is open my calendar and count back about 4 or 5 days from each persons birthday and then make a note to send their card. Since everything is already done, it only takes me about 30 seconds to get the card, slap a stamp on it and put it in our outgoing mail spot. I would be lying if I said I didn’t forget to mail a card once in a while. The difference now is that is the exception, not the rule!