My oldest daughter is almost eighteen years old and I still have a painfully vivid image of her as a five year old, sitting in the front office of her elementary school, her little legs dangling from the adult-sized chair as she enjoyed a lollipop, given to her by one of the sympathetic office ladies. ?I barreled through the doors, immediately apologized for being so late, as I breathlessly went on to explain how I KNEW it was a half day today, I even told her I’d see her at noon, but somehow, this important piece of parental information slipped my mind somewhere between the gym and the grocery store. ?And then of course my phone was on silent, so I missed the first five calls from, first the teacher and then the secretary and was that last one the principal? ?Whoever it was, I didn’t recognize the name. ?The two women at the desk were kind in their words, but their faces read “What kind of mother are you, forgetting to pick up your precious little girl from school?!” I sheepishly escorted her out of the office and into the car only to be chased down by office lady number 1, yelling, “Wait, you forgot her backpack!” ?Oh boy. ?I think we need to move…or at least switch schools.
Fast forward 12 years and I now have three little ones in school. The list of things to remember is beyond overwhelming, and I live in a world of fear that I ?am always forgetting an assignment, or a special occasion, or an early dismissal, or ?whatever. Its endless. ?In order to calm my farm about potential memory lapses, I have come up with a few ways to keep important ?events at bay.
Here are a couple that I have found to be the most effective:
Utilize the lock screen.
If you’re anything like me, (and a majority of the American population) you look at your phone multiple times throughout the day. Use this to your advantage! If I need to do something or have to remember something that I can’t get to right away, I go to my notes app and I write a reminder. I will then take a screenshot of that reminder and set it as my lock screen. ?I have just forced myself to see that reminder every time I look at my phone. Its a life saver!!
When you park your car in a big parking lot, snap a quick photo of the section that you’re in. If you’re street parking, take a picture of the street sign and the cross street. Refer to your photos when its time to go back to your car. If you get an important notice of some sort, take a picture of it. Refer back to that photo when you are trying to remember what the reminder said.
Text or email yourself.
If you check your email several times a day, send yourself a reminder to do whatever it is you have to do. Or maybe you frequently text. Send yourself a text and don’t open it. That way, when you look at your phone and see that you have an unopened text message, you will be reminded of what it was that you needed to remember.
Set your watch or your phone to go off at a certain time. ?For instance, if you need to make a doctors appointment but the office doesn’t open until 9:00, set your watch alarm to go off at that time. This will be an instant reminder to make that appointment.
Use your keys.
This one won’t help you to remember to pick your kids up from school on time, but it will help you to remember your leftovers from the party. ?Whenever I am at a party, whether I want to remember the dish I brought, or the leftover plate of food that was so generously made for me by the hostess, I will toss my car keys right on top of it. ?That way when I’m leaving and I realize that I don’t have my keys, I will remember, “Alas! They are in the refrigerator, on top of the leftovers that I plan to enjoy for the next seven meals!”
Those are a few of the things that have helped me to stay on top of things. ?What are some of the memory tricks that you have found to be helpful? I LOVE learning new ways to combat my scattered brain!