No matter if you use a book or you’ve changed to the computer, an address book has the potential to organize much more than simply addresses and phone numbers.
Having a quick-reference in alphabetical order will help you store all those notes and bits of information in an organized way. (Even though mine’s in digital form, I still call it my address book, rather than “address database.”)
Here’s what you can include to make your address book even more useful:
- Birthdays and anniversaries.
- The names of your friends’ spouses and children. You probably know their names, but this way you won’t forget how to spell them. If you’ve just received a birth announcement, make a note of their new baby’s birth date.
- Frequently visited web sites, especially ones that require you to login. It’s a great place to keep your login ID and a password clue.
- Addresses and numbers for doctors, employers, and utilities.
- The insurance company’s phone number, along with your group number and account.
- Bank and credit card customer service phone numbers.
- Social security numbers for your immediate family. If you omit the last number, it can be disguised as a phone number.
- License plate numbers for your car.
- Phone numbers and store hours of your favorite stores. (We can never remember which day the library will be closed.)
- In Case of Emergency (ICE) information.