How to Remember Things Easily
When it comes to methods of how to to remember things, there's plenty of good advice out there for the big stuff, but I find I want to remember the little things. The annoying little things I forget about. Just the minutae of life - like a new TV series starting, that I forget and miss. Or the date of a local event or market, that passes by without me noticing.
I'd like a nudge to things I might do, things I could do, things I might want - but without putting them into any formal wall planner or making them so "public".
Well, I've found a way to remember things easily - and I've been using the system for over a month now successfully. It all started when I was bought a Week per View diary for Xmas that I really didn't want. I'd already bought myself a wall calendar and thought I had no use for this A5 Week per View diary, then it struck me. I could use it for all those bits and bobs I discover, then forget! And straight away my new system was born.
I can look at a couple of shops' websites and see what offers they've got coming up in the next two weeks, then make a note of what I might like to buy on the particular days they have those offers (e.g. Lidl and Aldi are typical for doing these short offers 1-2 weeks in advance). Or there's the date the local car boot sale, that is only once a month and in the summer, starts. I've even scribbled down when I should start looking to do things, e.g. to look for somebody's present, or to post a gift off so it arrives in time for a birthday. The diary just holds together all those loose events, ideas, nudges, reminders and random finds in a structured, but informal, way.
I've also put reminders in, reminders to pay my council tax and to do my tax return - even when the car tax is due.
The diary is beside me all the time - as soon as I discover something that I might want to go to - a local food festival, a beach cleaning day, a Xmas market - in it goes. In pencil. And as it's week per view it's just a permanent reminder, easily flickable, for things I need to not forget about! Remembering things, for me, was never so easy.
Some of the things I write down, I am not interested in when the date comes round - but it's been handy for not missing new TV series I'd seen advertised 2-3 weeks before they started. It's also been invaluable in nudging me when a Lidl product I was interested in was available, even though on that day I then chose not to go and buy one.
The diary's filling up with a note here and a note there. There's usually 1-2 items per day I don't want to forget about. So there's no more forgetting things from now on! It's just within reach, with a pencil keeping my place.... all ready to be used.
An A5 Week per View is the perfect size so it doesn't get lost, it's easy to be able to see the coming 1-2 weeks and there's space to scribble down a few reminders for each day. Any smaller and it'd be too small to be useful and used - any larger and it'd become overbearing and unwelcoming!
It's easy - it's cheap - and it works for me! Maybe it can work for you too.
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