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My Memory Isn’t as Reliable as It Used to Be… and What to do About It!

The other night I went to bed with a good preparedness topic to write about for today but I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I can remember what in the world I wanted to talk about! I guess this is a symptom of getting older; the thing is I’m only in my 30′s so I’m don’t feel that old yet. ;)

Of course, this isn’t the first time that I can’t recall something I needed to. In the past the thought usually came back to me, but less so recently. That’s in part why I’ve been carrying around a small notepad and pen in my back pocket. They’re cheap as can be from Walmart but tend to wear out quickly. Here are a few additional ideas to combat said problem:


I’ve been thinking about this Rite in the Rain Notepad to replace the small notepad that I currently use. It’s been recommended as being perfect for bug out situations and, along with the Fisher Space Pen, you’ll be ready for nearly any weather condition, be it rain, sleet, or snow. Of course, a pencil may work just as well too.

I’m also looking for a nice bedside memo pad holder like this one. I would certainly not want to forget another great preparedness topic to write about… not that I have brilliant ideas regularly, mind you. This memo pad holder accommodates 4″ x 6″ memo pads and looks nice too. Of course, a bunch of post-it notes would work as well.

Taking notes and jotting down thoughts aren’t the only things I need to remember, of course. Remembering where and when I or my kids need to be places is significantly more important. As such, we keep a large family calendar on on refrigerator that shows appointments for up to a month. A dry-erase calendar such as the one shown here may be just the answer for you.

I would also encourage you to keep a small notepad and pen/pencil readily accessible in your vehicles for a variety of reasons, including memory lapses, jotting down phone numbers or reminders, accidents, and more.

Last, for those more technologically-savvy individuals, there are any number of computer programs that can help you remember, from Microsoft Outlook to Google Calendar (this is what I use) as well as plenty of iPhone apps. The best part is that some of these programs (like Google Calendar) can be shared with and even updated by other family members (or anybody really) if you so choose; heck, they’ll even e-mail or text you reminders in most cases.

In today’s world, there’s no excuse to forget ANYTHING anymore!

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