I'm a list person. I didn't used to be, but over the years I've become more so. Now I think I have lists to remember the lists.
Living out in the Sounds, a longish way from town it is imperative to keep a continuous list for groceries and anything else needed from a shop. The postman does deliver the on line shopping which gives the memory a rest. But we never leave home without the sheet of paper. Funny that wine is always on there somewhere. You'd think I'd remember that. Truth? I do, but I'd hate to forget just once.
Then there are the other lists. Pull the weeds from the drive, clean the chicken house, ring the dentist - no, don't, that's painful - go to book group, da da da. You get it.
At night, when I'm meant to be sleeping, my mind chucks up all sorts of trivia that for some reason is always way more important than it is during the day. What do I do then? I have two systems.
One - I throw something from my bedside table on the floor and yes, I always remember what it was supposed to remind me of when I get up in the morning.
Two - for those nights when there are many things to remember I write on a pad in the dark and have a hilarious time the next day trying to decipher the mess.
Why am I blogging about this? Well, I just went onto the emails and there's one from the wonderful Michelle Douglas mentioning I'm supposed to be blogging today. I forgot. And it's not on any list. Big slip up there.
But do I forget the important things like birthdays and ringing the kids? Never. As for my writing schedule, it's always happening and my characters are in my head for as long as I need them.
What about you? How do you remember all you have to achieve in a day?