Although you may complain frequently about your memory, it is likely that you have created some very effective strategies along the way. Since I am frequently on the road, a strategy that works for me is to forward an important email to one of my less used email accounts on my IPhone. That becomes my “to do” list and I do not have to write any details on a note I might misplace or forget about as I go about my day.
Here area few tips people have shared through the years or I have suggested to my clients.
- Write on your calendar when you need to call and schedule a yearly maintenance, such as a furnace or air-conditioner tune-up or an annual medical check-up. There is annual required checkup by the county as of a few years ago on a backflow valve. For 30 years it was not required and the deadline is coming up so I am calling Monday because I saw it on my calendar. Which reminds me – I need to renew my driver’s license this year. They both have the same deadline.
- Packing a suitcase is often a challenge so consider putting a list in your suitcase of the essentials you usually pack. It can reduce multitasking stress and save you a lot of time trying to remember those odds and ends. When you return from the trip make a note of any items that might need to be replaced. When I had to take an unexpected trip out of town recently, it really saved me from scrambling and possibly forgetting something.
- If you start reading a book and know you might not get back to it for awhile, jot down a note with a hint or two of what was happening and use it as your bookmarker. Sometimes I am reading one book at home while listening to another one on a CD when driving. After a weekend of not being in that car and perhaps reading more of my book, I sometimes need to back the CD a bit to refresh my memory.
TO DO THIS WEEK:
Congratulate yourself on your success when it comes to recalling information or something to do. Awareness is the first step to change and more helpful that self criticism. Perhaps this time you will do something about it. Create an action plan for that memory glitch and remember that it will take weeks for it to become a habit. Share your solution with others and ask them what strategies they are using.
You need to be proactive, carve out time in your schedule, and take responsibility for being the healthiest person you can be – no one else is going to do it for you. Mehmet Oz
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