I swear, as I get older, my memory seems to be getting worse! I have a great long term memory and guarantee you that anything you ask me to or remember, I will in about 3-5 years, usually just as I am about to fall asleep. But ask me to do something later, tomorrow or even next week – you have no chance of me remembering. At all. Unless a few years have passed then we’re all good!
But in all seriousness, memory loss isn’t something to joke about and having issues with your memory can have serious consequences. If you feel your problems are more than just general forgetfulness, please consult your doctor for advice.
But what if your issue is struggling to remember what you need to do that day or keeping on top of your tasks? There are many things you can get to help you keep on top of your daily tasks and to do lists so you can keep on top of everything. Being an adult is hard enough, but throw a busy lifestyle, kids, a job and the school run into the mix and it’s no wonder things slip our minds or we become too busy to concentrate fully on the task in hand.
For example, one of my favourite things to forget is to take my keys out with me. For this reason, I do have spares with other people and these days, Olivia has her own key too. Should I manage to lock myself out again, it happens more often than I care to mention, it means I can just nip to members of my family to get my spare key as opposed to calling a professional locksmith to get me back in the house again.
Tips for Forgetful People
If, like me, you regularly forget your home and/or car keys, try to get into a routine of keeping them in the same place. This could be something obvious like a having a key hook by your front door so you can keep your keys in plain sight at the last point before you leave home for the day. Maybe you have a dish on a sideboard you could use instead or make sure you put them back in your bag/pocket if you take your bag with you every time you leave the house. If that fails, try setting a reminder on your phone or smart home device to remind to make sure you have your keys on you before you leave home.
Maybe you always forget your shopping list or forget to add things to your shopping list. This is something that I struggle with and you can guarantee I will always forget toilet roll. Every.Single.Time. So to help combat this, I have lists upon lists. We meal plan every week and on the meal plan, we have a removable section for our shopping list which is handy. Olivia writes important things like her cookery ingredients for school on a whiteboard on the fridge and also takes a picture and sends it to me so I have a copy on my phone too.
This brings me to your phone. Create a list on your phone each week for your shopping and add to it when you remember or add it to voice notes on your phone. If you have an Amazon Echo, use that to remind you what you need to buy and when too. I find keeping a notebook in my bag when I am out and about is really handy for me, especially when I am out for blog reviews and need to make notes so I don’t miss anything or forget to add something in my write up.
To Do Lists
With the blog being busier now and having my VA clients, I really needed to find a system that worked for me. Currently, I have a brilliant Scouse Bird Diary which has a page each day to write down things I need to do to keep on top of all my posts, reviews and scheduling commitments. Pen and paper work best for me as I find it easier if I have things written down.
Alternatively, online platforms such as Todoist may work better for you. If you prefer to have all your daily, weekly and monthly tasks stored online you can add them all into Todoist which sends you reminders to do things in your list before they become overdue. You can even get rewarded with points for completing tasks on time and clearing your to-do lists.
What systems, if any, do you have in place to help you keep on top of things so you don’t forget anything?