Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Thursday 13

Since I call myself Forgetfulone, over the years, I figured out ways to help me remember things. I actually have a pretty good memory. I just tend to forget what I had in mind when I opened the refrigerator door or whether or not I shampooed my hair when I first got in the shower. What works, and what doesn't?

What works:

1. If I have to remember a large chunk of information, I write it down and rewrite it, and maybe even write it again. Rewriting my notes is how I made it through college biology.

2. Mnemonic devices. For example My Dear Aunt Sally (for MDAS - order of operations, multiply, divide, add, subtract.)

3. Sending an email to myself.

4. Leaving a voice mail for myself.

5. I'm a list maker, and I use them.

6. Using a planner or calendar, especially my yahoo calendar that send me reminders of upcoming events via email.

7. If I have to remember a speech or presentation, I learn it in small pieces rather than trying to memorize it all at once.

8. Outlines help me remember critical information. I'm a left-brained, structured person, so this method works for me.

9.And having other people in the house to remind me of things helps, too!

What doesn't work for me:

10. The number/rhyme method. Basically, this is listing numbers and something that rhymes with each number that will help you remember an item on a list.
11. The alphabet method. This is listing the things you have to remember in alphabetical order as the name suggests.

12. Drawing a mind map or concept map. I'm much too literal, left-brained, and structured to make any sense of these.

13. Relying on my memory not to fail me!

But I still don't see how this is going to help me figure out what I'm looking for when I walk into a room and inevitably can't remember!

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Hootin' Anni said...

I'm a list maker too...thing is, I tend to forget where the list is...or to take it with me when needed.

My 13 is all about 'icky' foods. Won't you join me for a bite?!!!

Chris said...

very nice list.. :) its good for people like me who is forgetful too!

check out my list :D

Nicholas said...

Some very useful ideas there, though I have to say the number/rhyme method usually works pretty well for me. Gun, shoe, tree, door etc.

anthonynorth said...

Some great advice. I tend to have an excellent long term memory, but my short term memory is practically non-existant.

Rekaya Gibson said...

I like these and I use some. However, I'm still a work-in-progress. Thanks for sharing.

Rekaya Gibson, Author
The Food Temptress

Rasmenia said...

I'm a big fan of the mnemonic devices - it's one of the most effective methods for my brain.

There have been a few times where I've made "do not forget" notes quickly on my hand. I eventually dropped that habit as it just made me appear even more like an escaped mental patient.

My hands are clean, but I'm pretty sure that I've forgotten to do something...

Joy said...

I remember using acronyms in high school to remember answers to test questions. It worked pretty well!

jenn said...

I re-write things. It helped me get through school, too.

Gattina said...

I have my calender in my computer when I switch it on I get a pop up with my things I have to do or remember. Of course appointments too and a shopping list ! Otherwise I forget a lot, lol !

storyteller said...

Interesting list of what works and doesn't for you. Lately I've been setting alarms in my cell phone and that helps me a bunch.
Hugs and blessings,

D... said...

I am a huge fan of rewriting. That's how I studied.

I also send emails, texts, or voice mails to myself. People laugh but, if I didn't, I'd literally forget as soon as whatever leaves my mouth or thoughts.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great answers ~ I love the cons too!

latree said...

I use some of your method. but I have to admit, they some times don't work either :P

kandyblossom said...

Great list. I use the write and rewrite trick too. And I am an obsessive list maker.

Happy TT!

Suzie said...

I cover everything in post stick notes

Lucy said...

thanks Diane!great tips here for my forgetfulness! One thing i try to do too is OhIO... Only handle it once! then I don't have to try to remember what I had to handle in the first place!

Laurie said...

I am impressed! I have a hard time making up 13 things, and there you went and did it twice in one week. You are clearly very organized, and gave a ton of information.

Melanie said...

Im a list maker too and find that if its not on the list, I will forget about it. lol

Eve said...

Ah, yes. Shopping in the refrigerator because you can't remember why you are looking in there. I do it often. Lately I've noticed I stand up to go someplace and then can't remember which room I was heading for or why. Does this indicate I'm getting old and senile?


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