Have you ever got to the office and realised that you left your door card or work ID at home? Or remembered as you arrive at school with the children that you were meant to return a form for something, that is now sitting on the dining room table.
We’re all so busy, with so many thoughts running through our heads and so many important things to keep track of, that it can be so hard to remember everything.
So next time you need to make sure you don’t forget anything important when you head out of the house in the morning, try this one little trick to help you remember everything.
Write out a list of the things you need to take with you and stick it to the back of your front door. This way as you head out the door you can scan it quickly and make sure you have everything you need.
There are actually a few ways this can work for you, depending on how forgetful you normally are.
If you’re really quite forgetful and often find once you’re out that you’ve left something at home, then you can write out a list of all the things you generally need to have in your bag and then stick that to the back of the door.
This list might be quite short. If you’re going to work for example, you might just need to remember your wallet, phone, keys, ID, door card and lunch.
It might be a bit longer if you’re a parent and you’re heading out somewhere with your baby. In this case your list might include your wallet, phone and keys. Then it would also have things like nappies, wipes, change of clothes, muslins, bottles, dummy etc.
Whatever you normally need to take out and about with you, put it on the list and then stick it somewhere you can quickly scan it before you leave to make sure you have everything.
If you’re generally pretty good at remembering the regular bits and pieces, but have days where there are extra things you don’t want to forget, then keep a pile of post-its and a pen near the front door. Then the night before you can note down what you need to remember in the morning and stick the post-it to the back of the door.
This could be things like a permission slip that needs to be taken to school. Or the book that you promised to lend to a friend. Or your gym kit if you’re planning on working out during your lunch break at work.
If you’re not a fan of post-its then you could get a little whiteboard or notice board that you can put up in the hallway or by the front door for jotting down reminders. Or you could even get a magna doodle like the guys had in friends to scribble down one-off things you need to remember.
Whichever way you choose to do it, the principle is the same.
Make a written note of the things you absolutely need to remember to take out with you, and put it somewhere you’re guaranteed to see it before you head out the front door.
A very simple trick I know, but sometimes the simple, obvious ones are the most effective!