All we know is that it is our responsibility to remember and do complete our things. We can’t expect our mom or our teachers to get things done anymore, and our boss most certainly doesn’t want to have to keep reminding you about tasks, either. Managing all the tasks that you have to undergo in one day might be very frustrating but, today we are gonna discuss the tips on how to manage these things.
If you want to remember to do something, write it down in a place that’s easy for you to see periodically. I have a whiteboard that’s right next to my refrigerator and it says “clean the basement” for the last two weeks. Write down the very specific task you need to do. Something vague like “talk to Mom about thanksgiving plans” is vague and easy to put off. Something specific like “Call Mom at 3:45about holiday plans” gives you a real-time to aim for. Sometimes you can also use technology. Use a reminder or voice memos app on your phone!
Write it down. Yes. It’s really just… the one thing. Your brain can only hold so many thoughts at once, and it’s really vital to outsource as much as possible to the devices that are here to help you. And that device might be a sheet of paper and pen. You know how sometimes, you turn the oven on, and think, “I’ll totally remember in a couple of minutes that I turned the oven on,” and then that thought vanishes in the wind and hours later you wake up in the middle of the night and smell, like, burned cookies… or burned house? Don’t let that happen. When you think to yourself, “I’ll remember to do this later,” don’t believe that. Immediately stop what you’re doing to take just a second and jot down or record a reminder to yourself. You can write as many reminders as you want, but be sure to do the things right there without any hesitation.
Technology is your friend. A ton of nifty tools exists nowadays to help you get through your day. Google Calendar is a good one, and it can sync with your devices so you can always quickly flip through to see what you’re supposed to be doing at a certain time. If audio reminders better suit the way your brain works, that’s great! Check out your preferred app store to find an audio reminder app that will let you record and play reminders. You can also look around the internet and see what else might work best for you; everything from Pinterest to Trello to Evernote has useful features to offer, depending on what you’re trying to remember to get done. But honestly, the simplest solution is usually the best.
Sleep well. We all know it is hard to remember stuff if you’ retired. I know this. A lot of studies have shown that even a little bit of sleep deprivation reduces your cognitive abilities. So if you’re tired, adjust your expectations of yourself accordingly, and try not to overcomplicate your schedule.
Figure out your brain. Only you can know what systems work best for keeping you organized. It’s worth it to think about times that you’ve forgotten an important thing, and what your conclusions you might draw from how that situation played out. And if you’re really struggling to accomplish simple tasks and get through daily life, to the point where it’s affecting your job and personal relationships, it might be worth it to seek for medical help. We can’t tell you if that’s the case, but plenty of tools and quizzes online might help you decide if pursuing a diagnosis could be helpful.
Go easy on yourself if you’re learning new habits. It’s super common to go through phases where you’re consistently absent-minded. Think about whether you’re sleep-deprived like we were just talking about, or if you’re moving around a lot, starting a new job or going through some other kind of big life transition. It doesn’t matter if you see other people around you who don’t seem to be having the same trouble, because you are not them! Keep doing your best, try to keep things simple, and use all the reminder tools at your disposal. You got this!