40 Something Mom Memory
How is yours?
Your memory...that is.
I recently received a copy of an email newsletter I subscribe to, and they featured an article on this very subject. It came across my computer screen at a timely moment, as I prepare to go out of town and am hustling to remember/tackle all that I need to do before I leave.
I also find this a topic of discussion with other moms my age. Do you?
Since I turned 40, my memory is just not as sharp.
Thankfully I've always been detail-minded, but I find it's even more necessary now. And, there are times when I feel like I have to pick up the slack for others who struggle to keep track because they don't have a system.
For example, I was at the gym the other day and needed to change my workout appointment with my trainer. She asked if I could call her the day before to remind her of the time change. I thought....now not only do I have to write the new time in my calendar, but I have to include a note to myself to call her. That's double memory duty for me. Yet, I knew if I didn't do it, I couldn't count on her to remember. And, she makes no excuses for her lack of effort to remember. She just kids me about being so organized.
But, isn't that a good thing?!
How do people...especially multi-tasking "later" moms...function without some level of organization?
And, believe me, I'm far from perfect in this arena. One look at my home office with all its piles would tell you so. But, I make a point of carrying my datebook with me to record appointments on the spot. And, I have an on-going TO DO list that comes with me as well, so I can add items as they occur to me. And, I've been known to email a note to myself on my Blackberry when it's something I need to take care of workwise.
If I didn't do this, I wouldn't know whether I'm coming or going, personally or professionally.
And, we have a large calendar at home where I record appointments that relate to our family, i.e. upcoming kids parties, school holidays, theatre tickets, etc.
It works for us. Our household/lives needs some semblance of order, and I'm the designated keeper, like it or not. Someone's gotta do it.
Is it you in your home?
Do you find that you're more on top of things than other moms/people in general, or is it a challenge for you to keep track of all that life brings?
There certainly is a lot to handle, and it feels like more 'n more the older I get. Understandably, one can easily get overwhelmed with life's minutia. But, how can we even attempt to tackle it all with grace if we can't keep track of it?
Have you created a system for yourself and your family that works?
If so, please share your tips......
Robin Gorman Newman
Robin wears many hats. She is the author of "How to Meet a Mensch in New York" and "How to Marry a Mensch", and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Day New York, Live at Five, CNN, among others. She has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio shows worldwide as a relationship expert. She works as The Love Coach, and offers private consults and workshops to singles, helping them lead active social lives. She is also the founder of www.MotherhoodLater.com, a resource/community for those parenting later in life. Robin holds an MBA in Marketing and is a seasoned publicist and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
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