I thought it was just me when I got to the point where I couldn’t memorize much anymore. For me to remember what I needed to accomplish that day, I had to write it down. I thought I had retention problems. I thought sure enough I was able to remember everything to a “T” and recite it back with no problem. I realized I could still do that...if it was written down.
Instead of sticking with something being wrong, I decided to think about ways to do it better and I thought of scheduling. Something I think all of us do but a lot of times we’re not really good at keeping up with it.
When we don’t really have a goal in mind as far as how to achieve it, we’re lost with how to schedule accordingly.
Honestly, after reading my current fav, “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, it has changed my life and has held me accountable to create a schedule that works for me. If you’re like me, you go to Target and see that they have so many amazing designed notebooks or planners that it entices you to purchase, but the only problem is, you only use it maybe three times out of the whole year.
So what do you do? You get another the next year that’s even prettier and still nothing. You either write things down on a random piece of paper only to get lost somewhere or you type a few things in your phone’s calendar only to forget that they’re there.
What I’ve recently done is taken a page from “Atomic Habits” and changed the way I was doing things. I have a designated notebook for notes and tasks I need to jot down. I write everything down and next to every task, I draw a box to make sure I check it off whenever I’m done with the task. You may think that it’s tedious but it’s not, it’s making sure you hold yourself accountable for what you need to accomplish. It also keeps you focused.
I write things down, such as this:
If you need to add time to it like I did with praying, you can. It gives you a time limit for how long you should stick with that task so you can begin a new one and have enough time to finish everything.
This is easier said than done, but once you make it intentional, it gets better. Change the need to a want. If it’s something you need to do in order to have a better handle on your life and the daily events that take place, then say you want to do this or that. You can even right it out and say out loud.
I’ve noticed sometimes what I need to do, I still forget to accomplish even when I’ve just written it down, but making sure it’s in my eyesight at all times, I can’t forget it.
Lastly, you can change your environment. Let me tell you again, get this book. It talks about all of this in there. It’s helped me and I know it’ll help you.
Everything happens in the living room. I used to get distracted in the living room because this is where I lounge, eat, and watch tv. I’ve learned how to section my space. As you may have seen my eating table, (please watch my Living Room Tour in my highlights) I have more control of my environment. I’ve sectioned it off and I’ve limited myself with what I should do at certain times.
For example, when it’s time for me to create content, I get my laptop out, lay it on my living room/dining room table and begin my task of creating content until I’m done. Once I’m done with that task, I put the laptop away and I go to my next task which requires me to sit on the couch to spend down time talking to family.
I’ll leave you with this little nugget, I’ve learned: When there’s something you really want to do, do it, but first complete your task. Use what you really want to do as a reward. If you complete this task, you will then be able to shop or watch a movie or go out to eat. It’s an incentive for yourself to make sure you complete what you need to do first. Take care of your responsibilities instead of pushing them to the side to work on at the last minute.
I hope this helps.