Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's a short trip to Crazy Town

I used to pride myself on having a good memory. I never forgot a face. I could accurately identify every unlabeled baby picture in my mother's photo albums box of family photos. I could sit in a college class, pay decent attention and pull out a B without ever cracking a book.

And then I hit the real world. And got a job that completely fried my brain. The more responsibility I gained, the more completely useless information I was required to store in my increasingly overtaxed brain.

So now, while I still have an excellent memory, much of it is useless. I can recite every policy and procedure my old company had for the credit card program. I can parse out a VIN for you and tell you exactly what each section means, down to where your vehicle was built. I can recall the name of every vendor I did business with. during my 4.5 years there

But it seems I have no room left for any new information. You know, like the names of co-workers or vendors I presently work with. Or the fact that our anniversary is tomorrow and I completely forgot until yesterday.

I have always been a master list maker, but now I need lists of my lists. I live in a world populated by calendars, To Do lists and bright orange sticky notes. If I don't write it down, I will forget. I keep a notepad by my bed so I can write down all the things I think of while I'm lying there desperately trying to turn off my brain and sleep. I tote my To Do list with me practically everywhere I go.

My latest forget-me-not inspiration? My Palm Pre. Every time I think of something I want to add to my To Do list, I email it to myself. My inbox is full of notes to self: blog post ideas, emails I need to send, appointments I need to make, books I want to read.

Am I the only one who wishes she had a delete file function in her brain? What tricks do you use to keep yourself from losing your mind?

7 comments:

Kristen said...

That's me, completely. I joke with my husband about the useless information I remember. I live with post-its and to do lists, too. I think it's pretty much the only thing that keeps me sane. :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I've become the same way! I make tons of To Do lists and have them everywhere. If you find a solution let me know! Happy Anniversary!

Cookie Crums said...

I use the "Memo Pad" in my BlackBerry for everything. I set things on the calendar so I'll get a reminder. Sometimes I stop and think that maybe I do too much & have too many irons in the fire. But how the hell are you supposed to lessen them??!!

Mercy Triumphs said...

Way to throw me under the bus with 'box of photos'!!

Katie said...

Next time you send yourself a memo, remind yourself that you were married on July 26, which was three days ago...

Sara said...

@Katie - clearly I wrote this on Sunday and FORGOT to proof read it. Just further evidence that I am slowly losing my mind.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Well, I think it is a Sara thing, personally,cause I am the same! I forget to put it in my iphone! That's how bad I am! I can remember the names of all my students right away, but adults? Not so much!

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