Don’t Keep It In Your Head!
Have you ever been on your way home from work and all of a sudden, you slap your forehead and say, “I forgot to do that”?
All the time I hear some say.
Whenever you think of something you need to do, write it down. Don’t leave it up to your mind to remember to do it. You probably know how frustrating it is to have some time available, and you ask yourself, “what will I do now”? And you go and do the first thing you think off. And, later on you remember the thing you wanted to do but didn’t think of it when you had some time, and now remember it, when it is totally the wrong time.
(I hope that paragraph reads OK, it is a difficult one to write)
Again, the simple solution is to write it down.
So, where do you write it down? It needs to be written down in your diary, a notebook or something that you have with you all the time. It could be on the bottom of your daily to do list. The most important thing to remember is that when it is written down, you will be reminded of it and the other items every time you look at your list. You don’t forget it.
When that time in the day arrives where you might have found a few minutes spare, you look at your list and choose the more important thing that needs to be done.
In todays technology age, there is no excuse for not writing it down. In past years you would use your diary, or a little note pad that was in your shirt pocket, or a notebook in your bag. Today, we have mobile devices that we can take notes on, use as our diary system, even take recorded voice notes
I personally use Microsoft One Note, I find the way you can set it up with different notebooks and sections and pages in those notebooks works extremely well. It also resides on my phone, iPad and computer and immediately syncs the notes between them. Wherever I am, I can access it and put my notes in.
In OneNote, I have several notebooks, i.e. Daily notes, my goals, marketing, client discussions, event notes, product development and a few more. Whenever I need them, they are there. I can also sync my clients notes from OneNote, into my Zoho CRM.
The things you should not write them on are, sticky notes, pieces of paper, or anything that may be laying around. These all risk getting lost and you forgetting what you wanted to remember. The only place to write your notes, are in specific tools, that are always with you and are designed to enable you to remember what you need to do.
So, remember, when you think of it, write it down, then it won’t get forgotten.
Have a great week.
Peter Johnson – The Time Retriever