Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Keeping track of life

As I get caught up in my summer activities, with vacations, changes in my work schedule, and other unexpected events popping up, my life is anything but routine. The cues that I have during other times in the year that remind me what day of the week it is and what has to be done on that day are all out of sync. I often need to find other ways to remember details like when my assignments are due or when tests need to be taken. This has led me to explore new ways to remember the things I have to do.

One of the first things I tried out was the calendar on my cell phone to set reminders for important events. If I also set a reminder the Monday of the week an important assignment is due, I find that I then manage to make plenty of time to work on it that week. Unfortunately, this only works when my phone is both on and charged—two things I often forget to take care of. The next method I discovered was a way to forward my mail from my student email account to my main address, so I can I receive any announcements from my teachers as quickly as possible.

Finally, while I was logged into my student email account to forward the mail, I noticed that I have access to Google’s Calendar program there. Although I have Outlook at work, I don’t have it at home, so I decided to use the Google Calendar as a way to remind myself of deadlines and events when working from my home computer. And with Google Calendar, I can set reminders for the events that will be sent to me by email, which will be forwarded to my personal account too, so that gives me an additional failsafe to make sure I don’t miss a deadline.

Here are the directions on how to forward mail from your student email account:
  1. To forward all emails sent to a student email account to a personal email address, log into your student account.
  2. Then click where it says Settings in the upper right corner of the screen. 
  3. Then select Forwarding and POP/IMAP from the top row of the menu.
  4. Select the Forward a copy of incoming mail to:
  5. Enter the email address you want the mail forwarded to, and then select the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen. 
For audio/visual directions on how to do this, click here.


  1. Those are good tips, Allison. I am setting my email to forward to my AOL address.

  2. I'm pleased this information was helpful, Linda. I'm personally finding that now I've forwarded my student email to my main address, I either need to stop using the student email to sign up for websites, or I need to filter what is forwarded so I only get the mail I care about. :)