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I have a chronic condition that can cause what is called "brain fog," by sufferers. Additionally, chronic pain can sometimes lead to a little bit of confusion. To top it all off, I am no longer working 9-5, so my days can lack structure and organization. Before any of the above, I was never hyper-organized. I had structure to my days and could generally remember what I had going on in my life. I know that a lot of the tricks that I employ now can be used by an assortment of busy or absent-minded people.
- I keep a calendar on my smartphone. So, when I am out and about, appointments immediately get recorded. This also has reminders that go off before appointments. A few weeks ago, it happened to go off at 12:45 for a 1 PM appointment, that I thought was at 2. Thankfully, I was already dressed and ready to go!
- Additionally, I keep a hard copy calendar. This calendar is divided into morning, afternoon, and evening. The bottom of the column also has a nice little checklist. This lets me add things like "call the doctor," "make a vet appointment," or "meal plan." Having objectives for each day keeps me going!
- Have a separate notebook. Each evening, I plan out the next few days in more detail. I look at my hard copy calendar to do this. Each day has appointments listed by time, plus the order that I'm going to tackle certain tasks--even things as simple as "check emails," or "read a book." That way, my aimless days feel a little less aimless. If you look in the picture, I'll even put things like "use white strips for teeth," because a girl has to have goals, right? On the days that I haven't done this and don't consult my calendar, I end up showing up for doctors appointments a day early, missed picking up medicines that I needed, or get those darn library fees.
Fun colored pens help, obviously!
- Post-It Notes! I keep them everywhere. Not like in a crazy Memento-kind of way (however, you should watch that movie!), but I put them on stacks of mail to sort, inside of notebooks to mark my place, or on my purse if I don't want to leave the house without something important.
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