I am notoriously forgetful when saying I’ll pick something up, send an email, follow-up with someone, or any other simple task. When I say yes its not like I am meaning to forget but quite literarily (in the most literal sense of the word) I can leave the room and then forget. Even if I write it down I’ll forget to look at the note at the appropriate time. So instead of trying harder to remember I try to be smarter about remembering.
One of my favorite quotes is from David Allen:
You’re brain is not for storing ideas but having them.
Today, there are numerous tools to help our brains “forget.” So really, you shouldn’t be down on yourself that you forgot but instead think of ways that you can remember better. And just trying harder usually doesn’t cut it.
So for tasks like this I use an app called Due . I could use the Reminders app on my phone but I’ve found that finicky and there is not a good way for it to keep reminding me if I’m in the middle of something.
The Due app does a couple key things that keep me using it:
So don’t try to be better at remembering but be smarter about it.