I was just thinking about it... What was it?

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
December 30, 2008 10:50am CST
I have been busy lately. And my brain is churning out things I need to do and have to do. I would think of something and then another thought pops up before I could even find a pen and paper to write my first idea or thought down and then in a matter of a minute, I would forget what I was thinking. And it annoys me because I know it was something I needed to do and must have been important. Do you ever get this way?
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
30 Dec 08
Yes, and when I carried a palm PDA in my pocket always this was not a problem. But synching it was not one of my favorite pass-times and the last time it crashed and took all of my backups with it I started using web-based data storage. So now I text message my database from my cell phone or e-mail it from my smart phone instead. The problem now, is to decide for each "task" where to store it so that ultimately it will be retrieved and acted upon instead of ignored. I had been using Notezilla, which really is good with the alarms, but it doesn't have a calendar. So I started using ToodleDo, but it isn't as intuitive as OneNote, but I think I could integrate OneNote with my web-based relational database. But it doesn't have good alarms either. There must be one good program that does all this but I haven't found it yet. Any suggestions?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
30 Dec 08
Drannhh!!! I cannot give you any suggestions as I am not familiar at all as to every thing you mentioned here. They all sound like a foreign language I will never get to learn and understand. You are very organized!
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• United States
31 Dec 08
Hahahaha! I agree with you Ms Saintly DrAnn seems exceedingly organized! And professional too! And I thought I was the biggest show-off around here!!!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Full disclosure: I get nervous around PDA's and all those thingies. I am happy with my calendar book that I get to use about 3 months of the year and then I forget about it.
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• United States
31 Dec 08
I have come to the conclusion that there is no phucking way I will ever keep up. I don't even try anymore. I have been taking a very relaxed approach to it... if I feel like doing it then I do, if I don't feel like doing it then I don't do it, and if I think about doing it and then forget about it later, oh well then, one less thing to have to remember to do! I just am very trusting that everything I need comes to me exactly when I need it. Steven Wright, one of my favorite comedians, says that the quicker you fall behind the more time you have to catch up! Hahaha, sounds good to me!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Okay, in the new year, I resolve to take a more relaxed approach to (over)thinking. I know I would still stick to my lists but if I don't remember it again, then I should not worry about it too much until I face the consequences. Now, I have to look up Steven Wright. I have that to do as well as read drannhh's article from ten discussions ago. That I remember!
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• United States
31 Dec 08
Well, you can take 'look up Steven Wright' off your list... I will do a discussion about him so don't worry about it! This not freaking out over whether I remember things I have to do or not has been working REALLY well for me! I've pinpointed the source of the problem to the feeling itself of 'there is something important that I am forgetting to do'. For example, the other day, while I was still in bed, I thought of a couple of things I wanted to do and since I did not want to get up out of bed to do them right that moment, I jotted them down on the pad I keep by my bed. Then I didn't bother look at it again, and for the next 3 days I had this nagging feeling that 'I was forgetting something important'... having to do with those items I had jotted down. Finally, I decided to look at that little list and see what was giving me such huge anxiety and it was this: [b]Add canoeing to my list of favorite things email JK put hooks on side of bookshelf to hang neck scarves from[/b] I had in fact hung the hooks and emailed my sister... not because it was on my list, but because as soon as I took off my scarf and had no place to put it I remembered the hooks, and installed them. I do not remember what the email to my sister was about (shows how important THAT was), but I must have done it, because it was 'add canoeing to my favorites list' that was causing all the anxiety!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't friggin' believe it!!!! Experiences like that have made it much easier for me to choose thoughts like: 'What will it matter in 100 years, or even next week, if I remember to get a packet of taco seasoning when I go to the store tomorrow, or add canoeing to my favorites list, or whatever. And 'anything that I need to remember will bring itself to my attention at the perfect time'. I have not found myself in the position of 'suffering' over anything that didn't get done in a very long time. Well, to be perfectly honest I had 'renew books' written on my calendar. On the same day was written 'call electric co.' As it turns out I didn't have to call the electric company because I got a bill, and somehow 'renew books' got put in the category of 'things I don't have to do today afterall', hehehe. I didn't remember to do it till like a week or two later! And I have a slew of books checked out! Fortunately the librarian let me slide. She does that a lot!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Is this the same librarian during the tarot card incident? If he (or she) scratches your back, how do you scratch theirs? When Boyfriend was cleaning out his room, he found my summer (general to-do) list. I don't think I did more than five in that list of twenty. I will check out your discussion soon enough. First day of the year - first day off for me! Kewl!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
31 Dec 08
I go through this a lot. But at the same time at find it difficult to jot it down anywhere. Rather i want to get it done as soon as possible before the idea get lost somewhere and the connected thinking with the idea is lost.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
31 Dec 08
i know just that feeling, alokn. And it gets frustrating. Take care in the new year, alokn!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Hi anne! Yes, I do know what that is like! And I have done that many times! And it is very annoying when you can't even remember something long enough to write it down. And by the time you go to write it down you forget what it was that you were going to write. I have that happen to me too often. I try to keep a pen and paper in different places in my house so that if I think of something I can get it on the paper before I do forget! The sometimes I forget where I wrote whatever it is that I needed to remember! Oh, there's just no easy way to win!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
31 Dec 08
LOL. Where are all those reminders I have lying around to tell me when and where and what I need to do! I think in the new year, I resolve to become more organized and take some time to rest so my mind gets to relax quite a bit (as a lot of myLotters tell me). Thank you, Opal.
• United States
30 Dec 08
This happens to me all the time. My mind races so fast that I can't keep up. It especially happens to me at night, when I lay down to go to sleep. So, I get up and get out the notebook and a pen, then the idea is gone. But, another one replaces it while I am trying to think of the first thing, and on and on and on. It frustrates me and leave me feeling like I am in a time warp or something of that nature. I get so mad. And I never can remember what the first thing was, even though I know it was important. It will hit me later on in the day though usually.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
30 Dec 08
So that makes two of us, huh? You're lucky you remember it within the day. Me? I sometimes do although I have to think twice as hard to assure myself that it was in fact what I thought of previously. Thanks for sharing, creativedreamweaver and I hope we find something that could help us deal with this. As the first responder said, we should find time to relax and maybe that will help improve our memory.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
3 Jan 09
[i]Hi Anne, A lot of times and I will just let it go away and then I know it will come back when I will not force my mind to recall about it! LOL! I do know what made us do that, maybe we just think a lot! LOL![/i]
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Jan 09
Hello checapricorn. How are you doing? Yes, I think a lot!!! LOL.
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• United States
5 Jan 09
[i]I am great Anne, just trying to find job because I need to help my hubby for our bills! And it's not easy to find one, since I am not driving! LOL! Anyway, i do think a lot also and makes me sleepy oftentimes! LOL![/i]
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Good luck with the job hunt. Do you think you would ever try out driving? It gives you a lot of freedom as well.
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• Philippines
31 Dec 08
that happens to me quite a lot and it is really annoying, and how sometimes you can't recall something that you really know,say like a movie or song title, or a trivia.. gives me a headache.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Ha! Those "I know it but can't remember it, it's in the tip of my tongue but can't quite say it" moments bother me a LOT too. There's a feature in the Iphone that when you hear a song anywhere and you don't know what it is and want to know, you just make your iphone "hear" the music and then it will tell you what it is. It's cool and worrying at the same time. Thanks melai and no more headaches for you.
• Philippines
2 Jan 09
woah, that's a nice feature, too bad i dont have an iphone hehehe... better get myself one..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
3 Jan 09
It is a very cool feature and so many others as well. Thanks again, melai.
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
it happen to me every now and then funny thing is that i also always forget what i was saying..sometimes it bother me all day till i can think of it again but most of the time i am unsuccessful to remember it during the day, its pretty annoying when this hit me.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Jan 09
Sometimes when I have conversations with people, what happens to you happens to me. I would stop midway and try to remember what the H I was talking about and then I would just say "Forget it." It is very annoying but I guess that teaches us to relax our brains every now and then. Thanks, angel of charm.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
31 Dec 08
Seniors know the feeling. As we age some of our brain cells disappear, leaving us forgetful and bewildered. This is where a pen and paper comes in handy. "Oh Dear, where did I leave that Pen?"
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
From a much older discussion, pens either go into a vortex with socks or they enjoy a Caribbean cruise or just hide and snicker while you get annoyed. Thank you barehugs for sharing. Happy 2009!
@zhangfzoe (432)
• China
31 Dec 08
I have experienced this. Because you're so busy, the head is too full to act agiley. At that time, I will have a deep breath. If it is not efficient, I will stop and have a rest.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
I think deep breathing and resting do help in relaxing our muddled minds. Thanks for sharing, zhangfzoe.
• India
31 Dec 08
yeah its obvious and normal..there is lot of goes in our mind..sometimes thoughts from our subconscious mind come up and mess up our present thought...
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Sometimes my mind just becomes blank. Thanks, internalsoul. You have a wonderful new year!
• India
31 Dec 08
yeah i used to write on my ARM .. n then cover it up w/ a sleeve :P or use a cellphone!!! happy lotting and have a happy new year
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
When I was younger, I did the ARM thing but now, I don't anymore. Thanks, crazyjogger and happy new year to you too.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
31 Dec 08
I have been having this a lot lately in my effort to keep up with the slumps. One moment it comes and the next moment I find myself blank. But I knew something was there! The whole day I just go through this discomfort of not remembering it! My mom has asked to note it down but I do not find it handy and it just wouldn't happen that I would jot it down somewhere. I guess I need a dicta phone. lol..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
That is the feeling that I do not like. I know there is something I should be remembering or doing but it just would not come to me. Dictaphone could be handy but as I've said in other comments, I don't like the sound of my voice on a recorder type thing. I sound like a whiney little girl. Thanks, Mimpi.
• United States
31 Dec 08
More often than I would like to admit. Sometimes a persons brain just starts to get to going and the person can not keep up with it. I keep a notebook and pen handy at all times but that doesn't always work.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I do have a mini one and still I can't keep up. Thanks, sunshinelady and I hope you a lovely year ahead!
• United Arab Emirates
31 Dec 08
Yes i happens to me also. I have trained myself to immediately note on my cell phone whatever i have to do, and whatever is done i ommediately remove it from the list.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Hello hamdan. Welcome to myLot and Happy New Year! I am more a "traditional" person. I stick with pen and paper and not with putting reminders on my cellphone. I always search for my cellphone anyway. Can't remember the last place where I set it down. Thanks again and take care!