WHOOPS, I forgot! A Guide to Overcoming Forgetfulness

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Envision this, a vast unchartered territory. One with nooks, crannies, crevices, twists, and turns that you can't keep up with. Turn left, turn right, stay straight, no, not that way, this way! That's it, there's the straight roadway. Whoops, another twist and a jambalaya of choices, directions and stops to make along the way. That's what it's like to be inside my mind! It's always twisting, turning, thinking and creating. I'm honestly a rather resourceful and self-sufficient person, yes. But there's always that one downfall we could certainly do without, right? Well, mine is that I'm forgetful when it comes to the mundane tasks and rituals of life! Sometimes I think I'd forget my own head if it wasn't attached to my body!

There are various important things that even I won't forget. I'm talking about simple, normal life routine types forgetfulness. Such as the conversation I have with my husband right before I go to the grocery store to pick up a few essentials. I ask him if there's anything special he needs. He tells me he needs deodorant. If I don't add that deodorant to my list before walking out the door, I'll cruise right on by it on the store shelf! All the while, I'm thinking “I feel like I'm forgetting something”. Low and behold, I am!

Or, I can't count the number of times my poor cat, Beebia, has indulged in a feast suited for her highness, complete with the main course of Albacore tuna because I (once again) forgot to stop and pick up her cat food on my way home! Beebia never fusses over her feast suited for a Queen, but I often ask myself why I'm so forgetful when it comes to basic life tasks! I'm the kind of person that needs to do things when I think of them, or it doesn't happen.

I've had many amazing accomplishments throughout my life professionally, I am very organized and punctual when it comes to business, finances, planning anything or my family. But the rest, I've been tweaking and fine-tuning an intricate plan since I first began “adulting” many years ago. Thankfully I recognized my shortcoming early in life because I think I've managed to get my forgetful mind under control. In my defense, I am a very busy person. I always have been. The only way to overcome your downfalls is to recognize them and create a plan to trick yourself. Only you know what will truly work for you. Hopefully, by doing so it will help conquer your weakness, even If you will never completely defeat your downfall, you should at least be able to rein it in enough to control it so it doesn't affect your ability to function effectively.

If you're my long lost twin, but you haven't quite figured out how to rein in your mind and keep tabs on yourself, here are a few suggestions to do just that!

  • Get a planner! If your the ink and pen type (which I am) this link will bring you to various planners. Use the calendar for deadlines, and notes section for to-do's that you can finish any time: http://amzn.to/2veD4B4
  • Or, Use a Tablet or Cell Phone and fill your calendar with events & reminders! Although I'm an ink and pen type I also heavily rely on my electronic devices for endless reminders! Here is a link for a couple of tablet options: http://amzn.to/2tfNmiU
  • If you don't want to fill up your tablet and or Cell Phone's memory with your pending tasks or appointments, I found some smart watches even come equipped with access to calendars! Imagine that! Here is a link for a few smart watches I found on Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2sTpLp3 Personally, I've never tried this particular method, but I know others who have. Certainly, it's something to look into if you're looking for new ways to keep yourself on task.

As I call out to all of my long lost twins of the world who I hope are reading this post. If you've tried other remedies to cure your case of “Whoops, I forgot” share your tactics in the comments below. If you're here to find ways to rein in your weakness, give the suggestions above a try and let us all know how it helped! We need to stick together and share our ideas, so I welcome you to share away!

OH! One more thing…..Almost forgot!

  • Never, ever leave home without your POST-IT notes! Here's a quick link for the lined version I use, it makes quick “To-Do” lists easy and organized so even you won't forget what your notes meant! http://amzn.to/2uZ5kIu