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3 steps to never forgetting anything ever again

Forgetting stuff sucks. As we are all busy, busy, busy, it becomes easier and easier to forget things. No one ever puts their hands up to remind you that you have forgotten to follow them up on something that you asked for. They have probably forgotten about it also. I am probably pretty frustrating to deal with, because I am quite persistent and I never forget to follow up anything. Ever.

Here is my secret to never forgetting anything ever again, in 3 easy steps:

  1. Follow this link Followup.cc ;
  2. Sign up; then
  3. Use it, religiously.

Seriously, it has to be one of the easiest apps to use, and it is one of the few apps I consider useful enough to put my hard earned down on. I use heaps of different apps, and try out many more, but Followup.cc is one of my favourites. Here are a couple of ways I use it:

  • I email you, asking you to provide me something by a Monday at 4pm. In the BCC field, I include mon-4pm@followup.cc. On Monday at 4pm, I get an email reminder. If you haven’t sent through what I requested, guess who gets a follow up at 4:01pm. Yep, you.
  • If I need to do something at a specific time, I just shoot a quick email message off with the subject being what I need to do. I walk home from work, so I am often struck with inspiration or other random thoughts. If I realise I need to do something, for instance, a quick email to tomorrow@followup.cc and tomorrow morning when I arrive at work I have a reminder in my inbox.

One thing to note is that as you are effectively sending an email to a third party app, you should be careful about what you’re sending. I never BCC on sensitive or confidential emails. I just shoot a quick followup.cc email off after the initial email with the person’s name, and a quick note to job my memory. Of course, the reality is that we shouldn’t send anything confidential by email… but let’s be real – the world would grind to a halt!

Anyway, followup.cc. I guess it isn’t my little secret anymore.

Hope it helps!

Cale Bennett.

Bribie Tri

Bribie Tri

Profile: The Bribie Tri is a local race that has a good reputation. Was held the week before Noosa, which is likely to have affected participation. I last raced this race 19 years ago!

Distance: 750/20/5

Time: 1hr 5min 59sec

Age Group Place: 4th

Weather: Hot and sunny

Coming off the Cool Night Classic on the Thursday night before, I was a little tired on the morning. I left early, but not early enough – it took almost 90 minutes to get up there. I arrived about 30 minutes after the opening of transition. As it turns out, it doesn’t matter – it seems that these days all bike rack positions are determined by your race number. No more turning up first to get the best spot!

Swim: 10min 44sec

The swim started about 20 minutes late – maybe I took my gel too early! I was swimming in a wetsuit for the first time since 1995. As my age group (35-39) was one of the largest, it had its own wave. Curiously, they also put us towards the end. I don’t understand why they do that as my age group tends to also be one of the fastest. The swim was tide assisted, but not as much as I would have liked given my “light” swim preparation!

I started strong, leading through the first couple of hundred metres. After a while I began thinking that maybe they pulled everyone back. I eased up a bit and a guy went past, and immediately gapped me. Oops. Then another came through, I jumped on his feet and we reeled the first guy back in and passed him.

Out in 2nd place.

Ride: 34min 32 sec

After a reasonable (I think) transition, it was out onto the bike. I pulled the strap through my shoe, so couldn’t I close it properly. An annoyance, but didn’t affect performance. Ride was generally pretty weak, got passed by a couple of guys. Dammit.

Run: 20min 42sec

It seemed to take ages to get into a rhythm, probably 3km. On the last lap I noticed that Howsie was about 150 metres in front of me so  I set my sights on catching him. There was a bit of traffic on the run, which got in the way a couple of times. I think the run course was a bit long also, no one in my wave ran under 20 minutes, but last year the guy who won (also won this year) ran 16:52. I had the second fastest run, which I was happy with despite the time.

Until next time.

Cale Bennett.