Do you ever feel like your life is on speed? That the fast forward button in constantly on. Even without the Supermom status, life progresses in a blur of events. It is easy to lose track of things and they fall through the cracks. For example, when we got back from Peru and D and S were sick, I forgot to set up payment for a credit card. I never remembered and I would have never remembered if I hadn’t received the next bill with “OVER-DUE” notice in red.
Oops. I can’t even tell you the last time I was late for payment, let alone miss it completely.
Or, how about when I changed my work hour from 8:45 AM to 8 AM so I could have more time to do things after work and I kept forgetting to leave early. One day I was almost late picking up S. I had to literally put a note on my monitor, “Leave no later than 4:30!!!”
I’m chronically late returning library books. Thank goodness the fees are so small.
It has gotten so bad that I’ll head to a store, knowing that I have to buy “x” and forget what it was by the time I actually get to there.
I’ll have a refrigerator full of food and not remember what I’m cooking for dinner on a given night.
While I’ve always been an organized person, now it has become essential to me and my family’s survival to be organized.
By organized, I mean having every activity written on every calendar that I have available to me throughout the day. The work calendar, the phone calendar and the home calendar. It also means having lists.
List of the weekly menu that I use to make the grocery list.
Separate list for specialty shopping like Costco and H-Mart. List of activities to put on the calender because I don’t always have one on me. List of to-dos.
I even have to put down, “Call Mom” on the list or I forget.
List of blogging ideas. List of must remember to pay or there’s a penalty bills. If it needs to be done, bought, remembered, it needs to go on a list.
I’m three days late picking up Soso’s vitamin because it isn’t on a list. Something on a list can take days sometimes to be accomplished. Not on a list? Fuggedaboutit.
It has gotten so bad that at work, I find myself… a little personal here… forgetting to go to the bathroom. I also forget to drink water and by dinner time I’m dehydrated. Sad, huh? I’m seriously contemplating setting up a reminder around noon to alert me. I’ll have to come up with a code so it won’t be obvious to people who have access to my calender!
Lists. They make my world go round. They keep me sane. What helps you?