Got a note the other day that said, “The biggest lie I tell myself is that I don’t need to write it down to remember it.” Which is true for me because when I write something down, I usually forget where I put the note until several days after I needed to accomplish what the note said. Sadly, that little note usually falls out of my file in one huge lump of other notes to myself.
Remembering is becoming more of a challenge for me, not because of my age (that I will admit to, if I remember), rather more due to the sheer volume of things requiring memorization. The note method worked for a while, then I kept forgetting where I put the note. So I graduated to keeping a notebook with me in order to record thoughts to be recalled later. Now I am finding notebooks all over my house with lists of things to remember that I had forgotten.
Some other methods of recall have been:
- The string on the finger (which failed due to the string interfering with my fingers and subsequently being removed prior to fulfilling its purpose).
- Writing a note on my hand. (permanent marker is a bad idea, especially when one has to meet with the boss. Temporary markers simply rub off).
- Making up a rhyme. (Haven’t found anything to rhyme with Assessment as yet)
- Voice recording (I hate the sound of my voice on the recordings)
- I do use a whiteboard, but as it is at my office I can only put office stuff on it.
I have opted for the gender memory system. I will tell my best friend who will not hesitate to remind me if I irritate her. Actually, she reminds me of many things I don’t remember asking her to remember.
Ah well, one good thing about being forgetful is I don’t remember what I’ve forgotten but if it’s important someone will undoubtedly remind me that I forgot it.