Most days I seem to have a memory similar to that of a goldfish, which drives me crazy because I am always thinking of something that I really want to do, read, tell somebody, etc. I have yet to jump on board the smartphone wagon (though it’s not too far away, I am sure) so I can’t take notes there. Instead I’ve gotten in the habit of carrying around a little notebook in my purse, and I write everything down that I might ever need to know or remember or remind someone in that little, pretty notebook.
Last week I lost said notebook. It was devastating. I was devastated. Life becomes much more difficult when I can’t readily access the place where I store everything I need to remember. And to add insult to injury, I resorted to writing things down on little slips of paper that then found themselves floating around in my purse and falling out every time I dug out my wallet.
I was in a crisis.
I consulted with my girlfriends. One said, “Oh just move on! You’ll start a new notebook and forget about the old one.” Sort of like a boyfriend, I guess.
Another said, “Start a new one. Then you’ll find the old one.”
I dug into my purse for chapstick and some random scraps of paper notes fell out and I had had it! I started a new notebook.
Two days later I found my old one. I had almost gotten used to the new one by that time, yet I still rejoiced. I called everyone that had listened to me complain to tell them. I’m sure they were thrilled with the news.
And that’s when I renamed this little notebook my Lifebook. It is. I have everything there. The practical stuff, the weird stuff, the random stuff. All of it. For instance, here are some of the items you will currently find in my Lifebook:
- a reminder to pick up some mace (better safe than sorry!)
- a note to put Jack’s tags on his collar
- a sketch of a painting I might begin
- my deployment goals
- a reminder to make a dentist appointment
- a list of potential blog posts
- craft ideas
- a running list of things to tell my husband when he calls
And the list goes on and on. As you can see, very important stuff that I need to remember is stored in the Lifebook. I highly recommend you start one yourself. But, don’t lose it!