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I don’t know that I have a terrible memory, but I do know that I need prompts and reminders if I am going to do things out of my normal realm of action. I have found three ways to turn my car into a memory device to help me remember to do these things.
Toys On The Dashboard
My car doesn’t need gas very often – about once a month. While the car itself will ping me to remind me to put fuel in, it is easy to ignore – because I can still drive another 40 or so miles after that warning. I toss a couple of toys on the dashboard when I know that I have to put fuel in. When I get into the car, my mind asks, “Why are there toys on the dashboard?” and I know that my first stop should be the gas station.
Bags On The Driver’s Seat
If I need to run an errand that requires a physical object to be moved, such as returning library books, mailing a package, or dropping off paperwork for Girl Scouts, I put those items in a bag on my driver’s seat. (I tried leaving them in front of the door I leave with, and I would simply step over the items.)
This applies even if I have to pick up something. I may put the empty library book bag in the car, or one of the numerous other tote bags that I use to have my activity information ready to go. I may even use an empty shopping bag from a store to remind me I have to stop there.
By having the bags on my seat (and then I shift them to the passenger seat) I am reminded of all the places I must stop during the trip.
Stickies On The Steering Wheel
For items that I don’t have a bag for, or where no physical object will be moved, I rely on sticky notes. I write out what needs to be done and put them on the steering wheel. When I get in to the car, I see the notes and I am reminded that I have another errand to complete. I make sure the stickies are not in the way of driving, because I do not move them until the item has been completed.
Do you have ways that you use your car to help you remember to do things? Share below.
Photo by Mikael Miettinen