Whether it’s my daughter’s weekly dance class, making an eye doctor appointment, or getting my driver’s license renewed, my mind simply cannot remember all these things. I’ll have a package sitting on the counter for a week waiting for me to drop it off at the UPS Store, yet I walk passed it 100 times a day and I never remember to pick the dang thing up when I leave the house. Why!!! I have too many things on my mind apparently, and my memory sucks a big fatty.
I had a particularly bad week in the memory department this passed week and I feel like I need to just get it off my chest and admit my failings to my non-judgmental readers. First let me say that I threw my back out last Wednesday at the gym and I was in total agony; barely being able to bend over, sit down and tie my shoes, wipe my ass, or worse — hold my little man! I had to call my mom and ask her to come help me do the heavy lifting since my husband was out of town. Have you ever been thrown off of your routine by an A-typical situation, like your dog gets sick and you have to make an emergency trip to the vet, and then you forget your daughter’s swim class? Or maybe you have company in town and you forget a weekly activity you do without fail every week? Well, that’s me all the way –> break my back, mom comes into town, and I completely space out on 1) Annabelle’s weekly dance class on Thursday, 2) Leo’s flu booster shot appointment on Friday, and 3) Leo’s Saturday morning swim class. Like I said; it was a low point for my pea brain. I didn’t dare tell my husband about these lapses in memory because he’ll get all bent out of shape that we’re paying for these classes and I’m not taking the kids. But that’s when I get all serious and say I think I have a brain tumor. (Note to self: Google symptoms of brain tumors.)
My mom has been urging me to get a weekly planner where I can write all my appointments down and add notes to help me remember things. I used to do this when I worked and I left it on my desk so every morning when I got into work I’d see what my day and week looked like. It kept me super organized. The problem is I don’t have a “work space” at home where I can have a notepad open faced waiting for me to look at it 100 times a day. So I’ve been using my iPhone calendar and a new app called Cozi to help me make notes, add calendar items, and grocery lists. The problem with using my phone is that it’s not necessarily an intrusive way to keep me on track. I have reminders set up for certain things, but unless it’s chiming at me, there’s a good chance I might miss it when it pops up on my screen, especially if the kids are playing with my phone, which happens a lot. Besides, I miss making lists and checking things off with a pen, it makes me feel so productive.
I’ve been dragging my feet on getting a paper planner because I feel like it’s 2014 and I should be using my phone to organize my life. Yesterday at Barnes & Noble I was browsing the best seller section and Annabelle came up to me and said; “Mommy, this Sofia The First book is for me, and this is for you.” I’m not kidding, she actually brought me a weekly planner!!! How did she know I needed this? She has no idea what it is, she just picked it up, but still. I thought it was a sign so I bought it. And then today when I got the mail my university alma mater sent me a free 2015 monthly mini calendar that is purse sized. Coincidence? I think not. It seems the universe is telling me that my poor brain is not cutting the mustard so I need to head back to 2006 and use a handwritten planner to run my life.
It felt antiquated writing out all the events into my new planner that are already in my phone. But then I started jotting down blog ideas, and to-do lists like make an eye doctor appointment and take packages to the UPS Store. And wa-lah!, today I FINALLY made a much overdue eye appointment and I got to do the most satisfying thing ever — put a big ole CHECK MARK next to it. Yay, I think this is going to be my new way of remembering my life’s activities!
I hope this is going to improve my memory; help me get more errands done, and reduce the amount of times I forget important things that I really shouldn’t be forgetting. I mean, I do remember being a lot more organized in 2006 when I was planning my wedding with the regular use of a planner. But I also know I didn’t have two major brain drainers called children, so we’ll see if this planner is truly the miracle worker that I need it to be. I’ve got my ink pen ready and I’m itchin’ to make some more check marks!! How about this one: Write blog post this week. CHECK! Ahh, feels good!