8 Tips for when your brain leaks like a sieve

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.memory

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?


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