Just go ahead and say it.....Let's get it out of the way.......Maister, you're an effin' Luddite! There. Feel better now?
Yesterday a coworker kicked himself verbally for forgetting to pick up something at the store. Said he frequently does that and wondered what he could do to improve that state of affairs. I suggested he use/make something like what we have.....in our kitchen we have a 'shopping reminder' peg board we got from my grandmother's estate. It's a smallish wooden paddle with a couple dozen or so holes drilled into it (looks kinda like a cribbage board) and next to each hole is listed a common shopping item like: milk, eggs, bread, condiments, flour, etc. This item probably dates back to at least the 1940's because it also has a few items like 'Nervine', 'snuff', and 'X-Lax' listed that appeals to my inner-hipster. This thing is mounted on a wall prominently in the kitchen and whenever we notice we're low or out of something we put a peg in the corresponding hole. It works great and we almost always remember that way to get whatever we need the next time we go to the store.
The coworker in question gave me a horrified/quizzical expression when I described the device (minus the Nervine and snuff references) and another coworker pipes up 'I have a grocery list app that I use for that'. So technology comes to the rescue once again I've been stewing about it since and it occurs to me the Old School way it's own advantages too - it never breaks, you don't have to worry about keeping it charged, and by having a peg board in the kitchen it has the advantage of allowing everyone in the household to update the list as soon as they notice we're out of something, instead of just relying on the person using an app to compile the list.