So last week I was asked to stay late at work, no problem, I said. 4:50 rolled around and only then did I remember that I was supposed to meet a friend for dinner at 5pm. .. ugggh! This is the 2nd time in a month that I’ve done this!
One symptom of MS that never seems to leave me is the cognitive problems, difficulties with attention/ distractions and particularly memory concerns. At times it is embarrassing, especially when I can’t remember a name of someone I’ve met several times, or forget a dinner date! At other times it’s really frustrating and difficult.
I know that many others also experience the same thing. Over the years I’ve learned to make lists, use a calendar and try mnemonic devices. The best strategy I’ve found is to use a smart phone. I finally caved and bought a smart phone this summer. I got it strictly for other reasons and never thought it would help manage my life and be such a great memory tool, but it is. I love that it has everything I need, notes, calendar, and multiple alarms for reminders in one small package. It definitely is nice not carrying an agenda around everywhere. Now the trick is to check the calendar before making additional commitments so I don’t double book myself!
If any of you have any other creative memory tricks maybe you could leave a comment here! I know I could use them, and I’m sure others could too!