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5 Ways to Work With a Terrible Memory

5 Things To-Do to Help Yourself Remember Things Easier

Tell me I am not the only one here, sometimes I don’t pay attention when Zack is talking to me and then I blame my terrible memory on him for “not telling me”. (lol whoops!) Sound familiar?

Hopefully not, but I am willing to bet you have also been here.

The past few weeks have been crazy busy. Our lives have certain rhythms and whether you farm or not these busy seasons come and go.

In the spring, we all have a lot going on. I am not a person who likes to work under pressure. I like to do things ahead of time. I also prefer to be organized, which also tends to go out the window this time of year.

However, I am learning to ride the waves of seasonal change.

This week on the podcast we talk about 5 ways to stop forgetting things so you can get more done. Listen to the whole episode HERE.

5 Habits of People who Have Awesome Memories OR 5 ways to circumvent your terrible memory are:

1. Relieve stress first thing in the day so you can be more relaxed, mindful and actually listen.

Stress creates a sort of cloud that fogs our memory. If we can ease into our day with a great morning routine then we are more likely to remember the things we need to do.

Need some ideas starting the day off with a great start? Click HERE to find our Killer Morning Routine Framework, this will help you to feel more organized and set aside the stress so you can get the most important things done first.

2. Write things down in one place, not on 500 sticky notes.

I have 2 sections of a To-Do notebook, one for things to do when I am at work, and one for things to do when I get home. This helps not only with memory, but also to be more organized and draw boundaries around work and home time.

3. 2-minute rule-if you are in the right physical place and something takes less than two minutes, do it immediately and get it out of the way and out of your head.

Too often we think, oh that will only take a minute, I will do it later. Then we forget.

4. For things that take more than two minutes, schedule things into your calendar to do later.

For me, if it’s not in my calendar, I will forget. In the podcast episode I read one day out of my schedule and over half of the “appointments” are actually things I am reminding myself to do.

5. Create a Power hour -a time to hammer through the annoying things or mundane tasks you have been putting off. Keep a separate list of the things you hate doing. Then at the end of your week, turn on some happy music and tackle that list!

Then, be sure to reward yourself for a job well done. One thing we could all improve on, is appreciating ourselves a little more.

Being productive and effective is a lot easier when you are organized and can remember to do the things you need to do. There are a million tools to help you to stop forgetting things and improve your memory, find a few that work for you.

The most important thing to remember in this memory conversation (ironic isn’t it?) is, DO NOT beat yourself up about having a bad memory. That won’t help anything. Simply, find a few ways that help you fill in the gaps that your mind misses.

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