Sunday, April 24, 2011

Are You Tired of Forgetting? - DIY Sundays

I have said it before, i would like to think that i am an organized queen. However, that is far from reality. In reality i live with organized chaos.  Therefore i have used various tools to help me remember the important details. Here are a few ideas that work well for me. I would love if your shared  your tips.


Set up a reminder system
 
Remembering multiple birthdays and anniversaries can be difficult. There is an easy way to remember these dates by only making a note once. That is by putting each date into a computer calendar or PDA (personal digital assistant). You can then set the system to remind you of each date a set time beforehand to allow you time to purchase a card or gift.
 
Write it down

Nothing beats the tried and true method of writing information down and making a list. Not to mention the added bonus of the good feeling you will have when you start crossing off the things you have completed. When you keep a written list, your brain becomes free to remember other things. 

Also, when you are in a lecture or a meeting, take a notebook with you and take notes. This will help you to remember key points. (By the way, a handwritten sticky note stuck on your exit door will ensure you remember the things you need to remember on any given day--which is the system I used this morning.)

Be sure you understand

It is easier to remember information when you understand it well. If you are confused by something you are trying to learn, break it down into smaller parts. If needed, ask for assistance in understanding a part. If you do not understand something completely, the more likely you are not going to remember it.


Set an alarm 

A sure way to remember a time to do something is to set an alarm. Whether it is an alarm clock, a PDA or other device that contains an alarm, it's is the easiest way to help you remember a time.

Focus on performing one task at a time

When you try to do too many things at one time, your mind will become distracted and you will become overwhelmed, thus making it difficult to remember.

Reduce stress

  Remember to reduce the stress in your life by simplifying systems, delegating duties to other family members, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. 

This will help you to concentrate better, think clearer and help you to better form memories and to recall them later.

Get lots of sleep

 Remember to always get a good night's sleep. Your brain uses sleeping hours to regenerate and stores new information into long-term memory. Studies show that sleeping helps in retaining and recalling information.


Resourse sites: www.getorganized.com and www.screenhog.com

3 comments:

  1. This is a good one. I know I need lots of sleep, but I don't know how to create extra time for that.
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  2. I agree about writing everything down and to tackle one thing at a time. I have to break everything down into smaller tasks or I get overwhelmed. I love your blog and followed you!

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  3. Good tips! Stopping in from alexa hop.

    Laurie
    A Goddess of Literature

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