For the month of October, I’m running a blog series called Taking Care of Small Things. Go back and read the introduction post if you missed it! The idea is that we’ll tackle some small, but important items that may save you some serious time, effort and/or money in the future. Last time, we tackled organizing our keys. Today: we’re turning our thoughts to our phones.
Specifically, we’re going to deal with updating and inputting important contacts in our phones.
At the end of today, you should feel that: 1) you have a plethora of important contacts at your finger tips, 2) that you will be prepared to handle any number of urgent and non-urgent situations on the go. By having important numbers before you need them, you’ll rest just a bit easier.
As I set out to tackle this task today, I took the time to do a bit of research and reflection. Which numbers did I find myself searching for in the past year? Which numbers do the experts think I need to have handy?
Here’s the list I came up that I needed to have. Depending on your circumstances, there may be others you find useful to have.
- ICE: In Case of Emergency. Several sites I checked recommended having a contact named ICE. This is the person that first responders should contact in case of emergency.
- Poison Control. (1-800-222-1222; poison control for pets is 1-888-426-4435).
- All family doctors, dentists, clinics & pharmacies you use.
- Babysitters, kids’ schools, day care & child care providers.
- Veterinarian, emergency vet clinic, pet groomer, & pet sitters/walkers.
- Car insurance (for claims), roadside assistance & AAA (if applicable).
- Non-emergency police (check your city’s website for help).
- Utilities company to report power outages & get updates.
- Restaurants and other businesses you frequent.
As you add these, gather relevant notes or addresses to help you even further when you call. Another idea is to create contact names to jog your memory (for instance, “Roadside Assistance” or “Power Outage” may be more helpful than the specific company names.)
Next, take the time to quickly scan your existing contacts. Clear up any obvious typos, duplicates, delete old contacts, and the like.
This might also be a good opportunity to share important contacts with your spouse or children!
If you completed this small task, check in! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking. What other contacts do you think it’s important are in your phone? Stay tuned this Friday for the next Small Things challenge!