Gone are the days when you could phone your doctor in the morning and see him in the afternoon. Wait times can be as long as six weeks or more, and many times, you have to get a referral from your primary care physician to see a specialist. Sometimes, getting the referral can take a few days, so it’s important to keep your appointments. With everything you have to keep track of, you might be in search of a new strategy for managing doctors’ appointments. In addition to some low-tech methods that we’ll get out of the way first, you may learn to love the three high-tech killer tips below.
Low-Tech Oldies but Goodies
Most outside lights are located right next to the door. The day before an appointment, stick a post-it note reminder on the bottom of the light switch — this works like a charm to remind you of the following day’s must-do activities. It’s one of the last things you see at night, and one of the first things you see in the morning. Make sure you have an alarm clock with a battery backup in case the electricity goes out. Keep one of those free, little Hallmark date books solely for doctors’ appointments in your purse or your wallet. Doctors like to schedule your next appointment at the end of the visit, and your calendar will keep you from scheduling conflicting appointments.
High-Tech Tips for Managing Doctors’ Appointments
If you’d like to automate the low-tech “old faithfuls,” we’ve rounded up three online services that fit the bill. All of the services listed below are free and easy to use, and they can help you with scheduling all kinds of activities and events in addition to managing doctors’ appointments.
- Telephone Wake-Up Calls
If you don’t trust your alarm, or you’d like to have two wake-up calls a few minutes apart, you can schedule a free wake-up call at Iping.com. Iping allows you 30 free reminders a month, and you can pick from a variety of reminder messages.
- Email Reminders
If you check email on your computer or smartphone every day, you might want to schedule free email reminders through MemoToMe. They have an add-on service that sends reminders as text messages to your smartphone for 10¢ per message.
- Online Calendars
Cozi family calendar is an award-winning, online family calendar. The calendar allows you to set up and even integrate multiple calendars. The beauty of this calendar is that you can set up two calendars, one for managing doctors’ appointments and a second one for managing your other engagements under the same account. Cozi provides calendar apps for Android smartphones and iPhones. Your calendar is kept online (“in the cloud”), so you can access your up-to-date calendar from home on your computer and on your smartphone when you’re away from home by signing in to your account. Once you master the basics, you’ll want to check out all the features. You’ll be amazed at the things this service can do for you.
With three different online services, you’ll never have to worry about managing doctors’ appointments again. Once you set up an account, you’re just a few clicks away from scheduling your reminders.