Tuesday, September 28, 2010
At least I remember I forgot...
I'm forgetting something. Something important. At least I think it's important. I'm not sure, because I've forgotten it. But it has to be important, or it wouldn't be bugging me so much that I've forgotten it.
Know what I mean?
My list-making and calendar obsession is firmly rooted in the knowledge that I'll forget it if it's not written down. In fact, I tell people that I'm not responsible for anything that's not written down. If you tell me, but don't make me write it down, then you can't get mad at me if I forget.
I admit to being scatterbrained. I'll go to get something from my office and forget what I was after by the time I get there. Sometimes, going back to where I was will jog my memory, but not always. I have a lot of 2am "Oh $hit" moments where I sit up in bed because I've just remembered the really important thing I forgot to do.
Hence the lists. The calendar (the paper one that I write everything in, then enter into the calender in Outlook, which then downloads to my phone). Sticky notes all over the house. (I use tape on the ones I stick to the bathroom mirror because the steam from the shower can loosen the sticky on a sticky note. Tape holds better.)
The "string around my finger" thing doesn't work, because usually all that will do is let me know that I am forgetting something, but I won't know what.
Sigh. I think I'm a little young for Alzheimer's to be setting in, but I hate to think my brain is *that* damaged.
Some people seem to think I'm pretty well organized -- but the fact is, the lists and calenders and schedules and spreadsheets are what keeps disaster at bay. The paranoia I'll really forget something important is actually working in my favor there -- the worry I'll forget something is actually making me look super organized and in control.
I know there are some list-makers out there on the Playground. Is it because you know you'll forget otherwise? Or am I alone here? Have you ever forgotten something *really* important? If you're not a forgetful person, is it just a natural trait or one you taught yourself? (And if it's self-taught, please do share!)
And here's my biggest question -- does that string-around-the-finger thing really work for anyone?
** I almost forgot to mention that I'm blogging over at CataRomance today. Come by and comment for a chance to win a book from my backlist!