Two Ways You Can Stop Forgetting All That Important Stuff That Has to Get Done

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One thing I learned early on in life is I have a poor memory.

So, when I talk to the boss, I always carry a legal pad to take notes on my latest assignment.

But, the bottom line is we all have a tremendous amount of things we have to remember whether we like it or not.

If you’re like me you get deep into your work. So deep, you don’t even realize what’s going on around you.

Not too long ago, I missed an important all hands meeting. Everyone and I mean everyone around me and throughout the building went to the meeting. Everyone except me.

After that I decided I’d never let it happen again.

So, I schedule an email reminder 15 minutes before the staff meeting.

I schedule another email reminder 15 minutes before my meeting with the department expert because I value his time and I never want him to wait on me.

Every Wednesday, I hand off a report to my boss at 12:00 noon. In order to complete that work, I have to run another report at 11:30. Because I cannot afford to forget that report, every Wednesday at 11:30 am an alarm goes off on my phone.

I strained my hip recently after digging a stump out of the front yard. As a result, an alarm goes off every morning at 9:55 reminding me to drink a cup of pomegranate juice. The antioxidants in the juice are reducing the inflammation.

Because a walk is a good way to break up the morning routine and a good way to get the blood flowing, I have another alarm at 10:00 reminding me to go for a 20 minute walk.

So you get the idea. I don’t try to remember things when tools like alarms and scheduled emails can remind me.

In case you didn’t realize,

Studies suggest that humans forget ~ 50% of new information within an hour of learning it. This goes up to an average of 70% within 24 hours. (I)

Given these statistics, how likely is it that you’ll remember everything you planned on doing today?

I hope you found this article helpful.


Clark Finnical is the author of 

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Featured Photo by Eunice Lituañas on Unsplash

(I) 5 Ways to Challenge the Forgetting Curve. Olivia McGarry.

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