I was talking to a friend one day, and he gave me a great idea. It was so good - I knew I had to implement it into my business right away, and the memory was so vivid that I filed it away in my memory.
When I reached the office the next day, I could not for the life of me remember what it was that I needed to remember. I knew it was a great idea, but the thought escaped me. Try as I might, the so I supposed to be a vivid memory just would not surface.
Doesn't this happen to us sometimes? Total recall is not something that we are able to do easily. Let's face it - our memory is not infallible. Hence we do need to put things down on paper or at least in an electronic form to jog our memories into action.
Whether it be an idea or something that you need to get done, something on your to-do list, it is better if it is in a different medium other than our brains.
Here are some helpful suggestions:
1) Keep some writing materials at hand, pen and paper will do very well. Or alternatively, one of those voice recorders, or a PDA.
2) Write down your ideas and thoughts that you need to remember.
3) One thing I have found useful is to have an idea box. Dump your ideas onto paper, then put it into the idea box for future use, especially if you are not going to have an immediate use for the idea.
4) Unclutter your brain by doing a brain-dump once in a while. Write down everything you have to do and everything that you have to worry about. Once it is out of your brain and onto a sheet of paper, it will do wonders for us and our stress level.
And by following those steps, our brains will stay sharper and we will get tons more accomplished.
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Shafir Ahmad of http://www.ShafirAhmad.com is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".