The Memory Game

There is an ad on TV for a website that promises a better brain, claims it can increase one’s brain power.  I don’t know if a website is needed to do that, but I think the concept is worth trying one way or another.

About a year ago, I caught myself using sticky notes to remind myself of just about everything.  Put laundry in dryer.  Take chicken out of freezer.  Brush teeth.  Okay, I’m exaggerating with that last one, but you get my point.  I was using notes to prompt myself through my daily life so I didn’t have to pay attention.  If I really concentrate and think to myself, when I walk down the hall I will remember to take the laundry out of the dryer, and picture myself walking down the hall and having these thoughts, I can remember of my own accord.

Just a fleeting thought of Oh, I gotta remember this-or-that, isn’t enough.  The decision has to be deliberate.  Now, I don’t discourage writing down super important things like your mother-in-law’s birthday or a minimum day at the school, things your are apt to go on autopilot and forget.  But I found that by writing too many notes, I was getting lazy.  I was actually encouraging more forgetfulness.

The mind is so flexible.  We’ve all heard stories of people who lose the use of their arms and learn to write with their feet.  If someone can accomplish that, surely I can remember to defrost dinner and fold the laundry.  At least, I should let myself try.

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