"I KEEP FORGETTING THINGS!" - 5 Ways To Set You Free From Forgetfulness
Ah, forgetfulness. Sometimes it makes us wonder, how our little brains have so much capacity to store so much information. It’s amazing isn’t it, how the human body was created so wonderfully and amazingly. But I get it, as humans, we are not perfect, and there are times where we will forget things, and this scenario usually comes with a stinking annoying emotion – exasperation. According to the Cambridge dictionary, exasperation means to be annoyed, especially because you can do nothing to solve a problem.
Has this ever happen to you where:
i) “I remember I have to do something but I just cannot remember what it is”?
ii) You came from upstairs to downstairs and be like: “I came down to take something but I can’t remember what it is that I need to take!” ?
iii) You’re in desperate need of something but you simply can’t find it because you can’t remember where you put it?
iv) You left your friends or clients waiting because you forgot about the appointment date and time?
Don’t worry, you are absolutely normal. We are not robots, and with being so busy and swamped with all the different things we need to do every day, the situation of forgetting things can be a predicament and a real big fat ‘facepalm’ moment.
Then you feel so frustrated, and you pray hard that there could perhaps be supernatural methods that could help banish the annoyance of forgetting things for good. Well guess what, your prayers have been answered! Here are 5 tips to Set You Free From Forgetfulness and never having to bear the pain of exasperation ever again.
1. Put Things Back At The Same Spot Always
It’s simple: If you talk to someone everyday, you will eventually get used to that routine, and when one fine day the texting stops, you feel so strange and out of place. It is exactly the same concept – you put things at that one same spot every day, you will get used to it being situated there. Do this until it becomes drilled into your head that thinking is no longer needed and you instinctively know that that particular item only sits there — “I know my keys are there”, “I know my wallet is there”, “I know where to find it”.
Experts also suggest that we place important things that we don’t want to forget somewhere we walk pass or see regularly every day. That way, it saves the hassle of having to remember a ‘new spot’ or a spot that is unfamiliar, that could potentially lead to more frustration and headaches.
2. Get A Planner, Plan In Advance, Set Reminders
Many of us are as busy as bees. With so much happening in our lives, to remember every single thing is nearly impossible. For that reason, planners and calendars are made accessible to help us get more organized and to assist us in planning out our time and schedule for each day. In this technological era, most of the smartphones will have the Calendar app. Technology has made planning as easy as rolling off a log!
Because of this access, we shall have no more excuses. As soon as you have everything planned out in your calendar, be sure to set a reminder at least two (2) to three (3) days before your appointments. Give it a whirl, you’ll find yourself saving a lot of time and energy trying to recall things that you can’t remember and that are all over the place.
3. Have A To-Do List
We need to get rid of the thought that to-do lists are for amateurs. A to-do list has many benefits and it’s time we recognize it. It helps us:
- Plan our day well
- Improve time management
- Reduce worry and anxiety
- Set goals and keep us motivated
I don’t know about you, but having a to-do list gives a sense of accomplishment too! Cross out all the things that you’ve done and completed on the list and at the end of the day, you will realise how much you’ve achieved and how fruitful your day can be if planned well.
4. Just Keep Repeating, Repeating, Repeating
This is Dory. If you’re familiar with the movies — Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, you’d know this character very well. Dory suffers from short term memory loss and she forgets things almost instantly. However, for those who have watched Finding Nemo, you may recall a scene where Dory miraculously remembers the address that was a clue to helping Marlin the clownfish find his son Nemo – “P Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney”.
How was it that she could remember the address despite her disability to remember things? She repeated it, again and again, out aloud. In Psychology, this is called the Maintenance Rehearsal. Maintenance Rehearsal is what we might typically think of as a rehearsal — that is, the straight repeating of information in order to memorize it. Source.
The next time you want to remember something quickly, try Dory’s method!
5. Use TAG La
TAG La is a magical item finder that can help you track your lost items in just seconds! With the TAG La device attached to your valuables and connected to an app on your mobile phone, you will never have to worry about losing your items or worried about not knowing where to find them ever again. This device may be small, but the wonders it can do is utterly divine.
So there you have it. Try these methods, and seize the day! Your life is about to make a 180 degree turn!