22 February, 2011

Low Tech Memory Stick

My memory is jogged in the shower for some reason; it's there that I think of those items needed at the store, the get well card that needs to be sent, the phone call that should be made. I used to assume that I would remember these great revelations when I emerged from the bathroom after getting ready for the day, assume nothing; they would be promptly forgotten until the next day when I was showering once again! Recently I placed a small notebook and a pencil in the top drawer of my vanity. Now, I jot down all those things that float to the surface when I think of them first thing in the morning, that little sheet serves as my external memory. It's a small action that makes a large difference... for me. In fact, it works so well, I "remembered" to blog about it!

Life is Good!


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14 comments:

Barb said...

You are right, so many times I think I will remember but within minutes it is gone.....try to write it down, don't always.

Pat said...

I have heard some people suggest the same for a notebook beside your bed. When those thoughts go racing through your head at 2 AM about all of the things you need to do, jotting them down supposedly lets them out of the bird cage in your brain & they fly way.

quiltkeemosabe said...

Too bad someone hasn't invented a waterproof notepad for the shower! Maybe Mr. Goodneedle could do that. As far as the racing 2AM thoughts, melatonin seems to have taken care of those. Writing it down always helps and leaves more room in the old brain for other thoughts.

Karen Newman Fridy said...

I keep a notebook by the bed. For me it's always new art inspiration. I think it comes to me in dreams...if I jot it down or sketch it out then I can go right back to sleep.

And the shower seems to do the same thing to me as it does you. Maybe it's the one place where a million other things aren't pulling at you for attention and you can have clear thoughts. I like the idea of having a notebook nearby there too!

JCnNC said...

That will be exactly what I call it from this day forward - my "low-tech memory stick." A short pencil is much better than a long memory. I think I need to put the pad and pencil or a lariat around my neck. LoL Judy C

Gail said...

I jot things down on the my iPhone. I used to use a small notebook but the pages would get crinkled or I'd tear them out and lose them so the iPhone works better for me as a notepad--not good in the shower though, lol.

Gail :)

*karendianne. said...

Oh gee wiz, what was I going to say?

Nane said...

I love lists!!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I'm a shower-thinker, too!

I also get great ideas when driving so there is a note pad and pen in the door pocket (used only when stopped at a stop light, I promise).

Here's to the low tech methods!

LizA. said...

I'm so glad to see that I have such good company with this same problem....we leave each other sticky notes on the bathroom mirror. If you open our mirror door, the inside of the door is covered with sticky notes...some of them are quite old and kept now just for sentimental reasons.....

cityquilter said...

got some of those around my place as well, antiquest don't ya know!

Janet said...

Thank you for being brave enough to admit this! I thought I was the only one with the short term mind. One other place this happens to me is at my exercise class. Must be something about those endorphens (sp?) firing!

paula, the quilter said...

I always thought I should try to find some of those markers that write on shower tiles. Wouldn't that be fun?

Rori said...

In times like these, I have a dry erase pen in the medicine cabinet and I write right on the mirror and then transfer the info to my to-do list...at least I hope I remember to transfer it over.