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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

How to Stay Organized (And Actually Remember When to Get Vaccinated)

By Gracie Carroll

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Show of virtual and, okay, invisible, hands here – how many of us actually remember when and why we need to get vaccinated? If you, like me, are a new parent, vaccinations might be more at the forefront of your mind as of late, and I don’t mean just because of the uncertainties we’re currently facing across the globe.

Despite being generally unsure of when exactly I need to pull myself together to get to the doctor for my young daughter’s vaccination schedule, I was recently surprised to discover that even as an adult, we should be on top of our own routine vaccinations and need to know when to get vaccinated – it’s not just something that’s reserved for our children.

As parents, and/or busy professionals, there’s a lot to stay on top of on a day-to-day (and even yearly basis) and our health – beyond trying to exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet as often as possible – can often be left by the wayside.

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From work meetings to social commitments, managing a household, baby schedules and, of course, trying not to forgot about Doctor’s appointments – here are my go-to top 5 essential tips to stay organized at every level that work for me. If you are constantly juggling a million different things and trying your best to keep your head above water at all times, I hope these tips will be helpful for managing your responsibilities too!

An Online Calendar

My online calendar is my absolute ride or die these days. I thought it was pretty handy pre-baby, but now that my brain can barely function like it used to – and I just so happen to have more to stay on top of than ever before – my online calendar, and the many scheduled reminders for each event – is essentially my closest and most cherished BFF these days. If you are not currently utilizing your own online calendar (complete with syncs to every device you own) I honestly am not quite sure how you are managing to make it through each day.

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A To-Do List App

I am someone who LOVES creating to-do lists to help me stay on track and ensure I cross off my most important tasks each day. To be honest, my favourite part is being able to take a pen and proudly cross off a completed task on a piece of paper, however, the problem I so often run into is losing said piece of paper. I mean, how many times have I written out a full grocery list only to head out without it? To-do list apps, I’ve learned, are the solution for anyone who, like me, thrives with a list, but can’t keep track of where they put said list (lol).

City-Based Apps

I’m lucky enough to live in a city that also has an app (in fact, there are more than one) and I hope you are too. From keeping track of if it’s recycling or garbage week – or what can actually go in (or not go in) the blue, green and black bins here in Toronto – to when the next streetcar is coming, I rely heavily on city-based apps to help me stay on top of everything I need to know that’s related to city living, in my city.

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Vaccinate for Life Schedule

As you can probably tell by now, I live for helpful apps on my phone, BUT, I also really love a good print-out that’s pinned to my fridge that I can reference easily without searching my phone or laptop – any parent with limited use of free hands and arms will understand what I’m getting at here. As I mentioned at the start of this article, I find it particularly hard to stay on top of my baby’s vaccination schedule, never mind my own – which I recently learned is still a thing. Through the Helpful Tools section on the VaccinateForLife.ca website, I was able to easily download and print out a customized provincial Vaccination Tracker to keep on hand and reference for my entire family. Better yet, the website is full of helpful information and I appreciate having a direct resource to go to for any questions I have about when or why we should vaccinate through our lifespan.

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Baby Development App

Keep up with a baby throughout it’s first year of life is a wild ride, and it’s so often hard to know what they are going through or experiencing – which can make a huge difference when it comes to how you empathize with your child. While I definitely relied on baby development apps far more in the first six months of becoming a new mom, I still find them helpful for checking in on my baby’s milestones and leaps that I should be aware of.

For more information on why you should keep up with vaccines even as an adult, please visit Vaccinate for Life



(Story by Editor-In-Chief, Gracie Carroll

*Although this post has been sponsored by GSK, the opinions and language are my own. This post will not be monitored by GSK. If you need to report an adverse event for any GSK product, please call 1-800-387-7374*

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