How to Remember the Important Stuff

Do you have a lot going on in your life right now? Do you feel like your mind is racing through all that you want to do and have to do? How do you keep yourself on track and make sure that you stay focused on what’s important? If you want to improve your daily balance and your focus, you have to be able to focus on the important things and let go of all the unhelpful thoughts.

To achieve your goals and feel less stressed, you’ll want to develop a positive mindset and stay proactive. Here are some ways to help you remember what’s important so that you can stay on track. I’ve included some examples too.

How to Remember Things

1. Lists

When you think about it, write it down. Try to keep your lists in one place whether that’s a notepad on your phone or a journal. That way you know where to find them. I keep all of my notes on my iPhone and I have a handful of very important lists there like things to do, what to buy, people I want to talk to weekly, ideas, places I want to explore, etc.

2. Post-It Notes

Leave yourself a little note somewhere it will impact you. Put a quote or a reminder on a sticky note and leave it where you will see it.

3. Calendar Alerts

Use a calendar and schedule out your days. If you want to do something (even if it’s “take a break”) then put it in your schedule. Structuring your days is key. I swear by my Google calendar, which is synced to my phone and computer. I share it with the people who I spend the most time with so they can see what I have going on.

4. Pictures or Quotes

Use an image somewhere that will help you remember what’s important to you or that will remind you of a goal. I regularly change the background image on my computer to a gorgeous place in nature that I want to travel to. Once I travel there, I switch the picture to another place and it helps keep me motivated.

5. Timers and Alarms

Set one of these to remind you to do something or give yourself a time limit if you’re trying to stay with a certain schedule. If I’m trying to get a project done, I’ll set a timer and make myself focus on only that for a certain period of time with no distractions.

6. Voice Notes

If you can’t write it down or you’re in a rush, record yourself a voice note. I talk to Siri a lot and have her remind me of things at certain times because there is no way that I would remember it all.

7. Social Media

Maybe you’re trying to work on something that you can share with your friends and followers on social media.

8. Tell Someone

If you keep forgetting, putting it off or not prioritizing it, then tell someone who cares about you and ask them to remind you, support you or challenge you. I tell people to stay on me about certain tasks and they help hold me accountable.

I swear by lists. I think I would go crazy trying to remember everything without writing it down. Plus, I love checking things off lists or erasing the memo when I’m done with it. Which of these do you utilize to help keep you on track? How are you going to implement some new strategies this week?