It feels awful to let someone down. We’ve all been there. Someone asked you to do an important task, or you thought about something while in the shower, but now your mind is a total blank. A few days later, it comes back to bite you, and you’re kicking yourself. It’s terrible.
It happens over and over again, despite your best intentions, for one simple reason. Your memory isn’t perfect. It’s so easy to assume that you’ll remember it when you need to – but sooner or later, you’ll let something slip through the cracks.
This can have cumulative effects across your work and personal life. There’s nothing worse than being thought of as the “unreliable” friend – a flake. And, if you keep dropping the ball at the office, it could put your career on the line. Thankfully, there’s a very easy fix.
Stop depending on your memory and start writing things down.
By doing this, you’re freeing up essential mental energy that you should then be using to decide when and where to close the loop. You can breathe easy and stop feeling so overwhelmed because the first and most crucial step, remembering the task, is already done.
It’s best to capture these tasks in one central, easily referenced location. Think of this process as adding an external hard drive for your brain.
- Download a to-do list app for your phone. I personally favor Todoist, which syncs across mobile, desktop, and web apps.
- For the next week, whenever you have one of those “Hmm…I should do this” moments, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT THERE. Capture it immediately in your app of choice and breathe easy.
Once you stop depending on your memory and start writing things down, you’ll start to notice a gradual change. People will be surprised, at first, at how on top of everything you are. Slowly but surely, word will get out.
You’ll start to get a reputation for being the “go-to” person.
Your parents will love that you remember to call them more often.
Your spouse will thank you for remembering the milk.
Your boss will start to give you more responsibility and trust you with bigger projects, which will open up new and exciting doors in your career.
The whole time, you’ll never miss a thing. Your confidence will be through the roof – and your anxiety will plummet.
You get ahead in life by being the person that people can rely on.
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