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How to Not Forget Stuff

They say that self-acceptance is the beginning of change, so here goes. My name is Nina, and I forget stuff.

 

Just the other night, my boyfriend sweetly suggested I try using a momAgenda, after I forgot about something I’d promised him I’d take care of. For the 3rd time.

 

And he’s far from the first to snarkily suggest I start practicing what I preach.

 

Here’s the thing. I HAVE 4 CHILDREN and do you know how hard it is to remember stuff when you’re dealing with that level of chaos?

 

Regardless of my excuses, I know what I need to do; I just need to start doing it. If you’re also a person who forgets stuff, and you’re ready to make changes, here are a few quick, easy steps to finally be the kind of person who does not forget stuff.

 

If these don’t work, maybe we’ll start a 12-step program.

 

  1. Write everything down.

 

Yeah I know I’ve said it a million times. As much as we all love our planners, our planners won’t work if we don’t write stuff down in them.

 

Don’t just write down the big stuff. Write down the small and medium stuff too; that’s the stuff we tend to forget.

 

  1. Schedule it.

 

If something is not in my calendar, it won’t happen. Is it the same for you? If so, find time for each item on your to-do list and write it into your calendar.

 

I’ve been scheduling in my workouts for years, and that was the key to finally making my workouts happen. Now I’m going to start scheduling bill-paying, blog-post-writing, and even my precious down time.

 

  1. Do It Now.

 

If a task is quick and easy (I use “under 3 minutes” as my criteria), do it right away and cross it off your list.

 

Or be like me: do the task as soon as you realize it needs to be done, then write it on your list so you can have the awesome feeling of accomplishment that comes with crossing it off.

 

What are your tips for not forgetting stuff? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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