Did I Forget That Again??? by Syndi Powell
I wish I could say that I purposely forgot to write this blog to use it as an example for this topic, but alas it's due to my increasingly spotty memory. I used to have a great memory for useless trivia and song lyrics. Unfortunately, that has radically changed in the last few years. While I used to recognize a minor actor in a movie and name other films I had seen him in, I now struggle to recall the name of the movie I've been wanting to see.
Part of the memory loss can be attributed to the cancer drugs I'm on. But I think a large part of it is due to menopause and aging. I remember my grandma telling me she could remember all the names of her friends when she was six, but don't ask her to say what she had for breakfast. She'd warn me that it would happen to me one day, and I would scoff at this. Well, Grammy, you were right.
So now that I'm forgetting more than I can remember, what are some things I (and you, if you're like me) can do to help my memory?
1. WRITE THINGS DOWN - Gone are the days I could go to the grocery store without a list. Nowadays, if it's not on the list it doesn't get in the cart. Use a calendar, either paper or on your phone, to remind you of appointments as well as birthdays/anniversaries/holidays. Write your favorite family recipes in a notebook so you don't lose those cherished secrets.
2. ESTABLISH ROUTINES - Every night before I go to bed, I lay out my clothes for the following day along with jewelry, socks and shoes. That way, I don't have to to think about what I'm wearing and am fully adorned. I also turn the porch light off when I feed the animals in the morning and turn it on at night when they get fed again. With these routines, I remember more.
3. HAVE A DEFINED STORAGE SPOT FOR EVERYTHING - I can't tell you how many times I've put something away for prosperity (like pictures or important papers) then forget where I put them when I want them. Establish a filing system for important papers. Organize photo albums or boxes for pictures. Buy storage bins in different colors to store holiday decorations (red/green for Christmas, orange/black for fall/Halloween, pink/purple for spring, etc.).
4. WHEN YOU FORGET WHY YOU CAME INTO A ROOM, RETURN TO WHERE YOU FIRST HAD THE THOUGHT - Do you do this too? I walk into a room for... something, but can't recall what or why. If you return to where you were when you decided, then your memory is more likely to be jogged.
5. I FORGET WHAT THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS SUPPOSED TO BE - But this also goes back to the first step: write things down. If I had, I'd remember this particular gem for helping my memory. And I'm sure it was brilliant.
Does anyone else struggle with their memory? Any tips that you can share?