One of the lovely side effects of sleep deprivation, some medications and children is that you start to forget things. For me it has gotten progressively worse over the last 2-3 years. I used to pride myself on my awesome memory. Now, I would lose my head if it wasn’t screwed on!
Over the last few years I have started to do different things which help me remember things and not look like a complete air head. Having a child in school, kind of means that I need to remember to do things in a more timely manner. I know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this so I wanted to share my tips with you.
- If you take a medication, use a pill organiser. Now that Mr 7 is taking medication in the morning as well, it has become easier to use a pill organiser. I have a 7 day one which I got from Kmart. It has day and night sides. I put mine in the day side, and Mr 7’s medication in the night side. This also helps when we are running late in the mornings because I don’t have to punch out different medications while in a hurry. I also place it next to wear I make breakfast so I remember to take my medication.
- If you need to take something with you when you leave the house, put it next to your keys/wallet. I usually do this one the night before. I figure that I generally don’t forget to take my keys or wallet when I leave the house, so be default I will remember the important thing.
- Write it down. You tell yourself that you don’t need to write it down because you’ll totally remember it. We both know that is a lie. Write it down and save your future self the embarrassment and stress of missing an important appointment.
- Utilise the calendar on your phone. Sometimes, even though I have written appointments down or been given an appointment card, I still forget. For appointments that I will be charged for, whether I turn up or not, or ones that are hard to come by, I put them into my phone with an alarm.
- Tell someone else. For some reason, I seem to remember other people’s important stuff better than my own. So Paul will often tell me to remind him when something comes up.
- Write it on your hand. This is one step further than simply writing it down. There have been a ridiculous amount of times I have gotten to the end of my street and realised I still have my pyjama pants on when doing the school run. Curse my comfy pants! So there are some days when I write on my hand that I have to get changed before picking Mr 7 up from school.
- Retrace your actions. You know that feeling that you’ve forgotten something? Or when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you went in there? I’ve found that thinking about the things I was doing leading up to that moment helps to jog my memory.
- Finish a task before moving onto the next one. I’m all for multitasking, but you have to know your limits. I have had too many burnt dinners because I thought I could just finish this one thing while it was cooking away on the stove. It always takes longer than you think, always.
I’ll admit that I still forget things, I’m only human. However these things help me to not forget everything.
Do you have a bad memory?
What do you to help you remember?