When both of my children were younger I found myself repeatedly asking them if they did certain things before they left for school each morning. After verbally asking them each day and having them still forget, I decided I had to try another approach.
I decided to write each one out a list of what they needed to have done (not automatic things) before leaving each day.
I would put it on each of their walls at their eye level right below their light switch so it was the last thing they saw before leaving their room. I find children respond to, and work very well when given visuals.
This definitely worked and I no longer had to ask them these questions every day. Not only that, but these checked off items became a habit for them eventually.
I use visuals a lot and find that we can all use them in our lives.
Simple ideas like this help to make life easier for us all.