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the story of an invisible girl
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Forgetful Sometimes
In a conversation last night, jenx mentioned how often her manager will walk into her office, only to forget why she was there. "Oh I sympathize, I do that all the time," I told her.

Suddenly a thought struck me. I fumbled through my pockets while the conversation drifted in another direction. I found a little folded-up sticky-note in my pants pocket.

"In fact, here's a funny story," I said with some embarrassment. "I was in somebody's office this afternoon, and she showed me a problem that I wanted to investigate more in-depth. I asked her to write me a note about it, because I just knew I'd have forgotten all about it by the time I got back to my desk."

I held up the rumpled note I'd found in my pocket. It had two words -- "phone number" -- written on it. "I didn't find it or remember it until just now.

"Now I just have to remember to transfer the note to the pants I'll wear tomorrow, in order to hopefully remember it then."

cjdoyle suggested that I put it in the pocket of my leather jacket, which was an excellent idea.

This morning it was a lovely day. As I carried the trash to my curb before work, I was pleased to note it was warm enough that I didn't need to wear a jacket! This was a very close call. Fortunately I'd left my wallet in the pocket of my leather jacket, and when I pulled it out I was startled to find the note. "Oh yeah, gotta remember to look into that," I reminded myself, and tucked it into my shirt pocket.

When I went to lunch this afternoon, I put my cell phone into my shirt pocket. I pulled it out just now, and was startled to find the note again. "Oh right, the phone number!" Fortunately I was finally at my desk, so I have put the note right in front of my keyboard where I can't possibly miss it and forget about it again.

I haven't actually looked into the phone number problem yet -- I had to write this LJ entry first. I'll go do that now....
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matt_arnold From: matt_arnold Date: November 18th, 2004 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Handheld computer. Take it everywhere. Never ever be without it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's why I bought my Treo, because my memory totally sucks. And I've gotten pretty good at using it for almost everything... didn't bring it when I went to that user's office though.
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: November 18th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

*scratches head*

What do you use to remind you to use the Treo?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *scratches head*

heh... it's events like this that remind me to use it.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: November 18th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a major problem right now, because of my reminder dependency. Due to a recent systems problem, my computer will no longer display reminder messages. It leaves me basically unable to operate.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: November 18th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember nothing unless I write it down.

Now did you remember whose phone number you needed?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad I'm not the only one! I needed to fix the phone number application, and the note was enough of a trigger that I remembered the rest on my own.

(Although now that I've finally looked at it, I'm not sure it's broken anyway....)
jagdoe From: jagdoe Date: November 18th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, so here's my trick. I take a post-it note, and I attach it to the OUTSIDE of my wallet. That way, I notice the note when I take my wallet out of my pants when I get home, in case it's a message for myself intended to be read when I get home. If it's meant for the next day, then I'll notice it when I attempt to buy lunch. If those aren't good enough, I put a reminder in my calender in Outlook, or one in my palm pilot. Or I leave a phone message for myself on voicemail. If none of those work, well, it just wasn't that important.
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