January 05, 2006

HEY! I remembered to bring my new calendar today!

But, I forgot it was Thursday. Which means today’s Axis of Weevil Thursday Three will start the New Year off in tepid fashion with a Slapdashed-Together Edition of America’s Favorite Online Questionnaire!

Scrounging around through my desk drawer and underneath the file cabinet, I found some vowels and consonants, which I have skillfully assembled using a nearly dried-out glue stick and a twist tie to come up with these questions. We ask that you use caution as you answer them, because the glue isn’t really sticking things together all that well.

ANYway, here we go:

1) What is the most important thing you ever forgot to do?

2) Do you try to keep yourself organized through a routine so you don’t have to rely so much on remembering things, or do you follow a more open approach based on what you want to get done during the day and try to actually think things through?

3) What do you have the most trouble remembering--people’s names, how to get places, or important dates?

Okeedoke--all of you go off and answer! Either leave your answers in the comments below, or leave a link to your blog post.

As for my answers--

1) Thankfully, I haven’t devolved to the point where I forget REALLY important things. Life-and-death, job-related things I can still pretty much keep together. There have been meetings I have forgotten about, and minor details left undone, and occasional bills left unpaid, and I sometimes get sidetracked and forget to order material for the classes at church, but nothing that causes real headaches. Probably the worst thing I ever forgot to do was to remember that frozen biscuit dough should never be separated with a knife.

2) I have a slim routine, mainly because I do have such a fit with minor memory lapses. I keep telling myself that if I really, REALLY think hard about what I have to do and do it out of necessity rather than rote, it will keep me from becoming too familiar with a routine, which I think makes it harder to react in a timely manner to important stuff. That might not be right, but it seems to work okay for me on keeping the big stuff working. Minor details that might be covered if I had a more rigorous routine (writing thank-you notes, remembering names) would get done better, but my life is so full of last minute changes that I figure it’s better to let some of the smaller things go in favor of keeping the bigger ones herded in the right direction.

3) Names are probably the worst, and it goes back to #2--in the greater scheme of things, it’s a detail that just gets left off the list. I remember the people themselves, and what they do, and where I know them from, but it takes me a while before I can accurately remember their names. And yes, I know all the mnemonic tricks you’re supposed to use to do this, but I guess I figure if I eventually get it, it’s okay. Dates are another thing that I don’t do all that well with--anniversary, yes. Reba’s birthday, yes. My birthday, yes. Important dates in history, yes. Everything else, including kids’ birthdays, my mom’s or sister’s birthdays, not so well.

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at January 5, 2006 08:16 AM

Have classes started yet? Have I missed an assignment? Does it count much toward my grade?
Well anyway, I’m UP.

Posted by: jim at January 5, 2006 08:31 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at January 5, 2006 08:39 AM

1. Worst forgetfulness lately was not sending in my medical receipts in time to get my money (from 2004) back from my company medical spending account.

2. I hate routine. I'd be a lot more efficient if I did try to make more of my day routine, but I don't even like to carry an appointment book.

3. Navigating to new places, or finding my way to places I haven't been in a while is a problem, but this is a symptom, and should go away in 8 months or so.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at January 5, 2006 08:51 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at January 5, 2006 08:55 AM

Me too!

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 5, 2006 09:14 AM

I read Sarah's list, and she mentioned vacations. It was then that I remembered that we went on vacation one year and left the garage door standing wide open. I had backed the van up to the garage to make it easier to load, and when we left, I was facing forward and never even thought about the open door behind me.

Came back days later, and everything was still in place. Yet another opportunity for someone to help us declutter passed us by.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 5, 2006 09:39 AM

Happy New Year to y'all in PossumLand.

1) The most important thing I ever forgot was, to my distress, my father's birthday one year in the 90's. Fortunately I DID remember in time to call him and wish him a "Happy Birthday" around 10:30 pm that day. But my dad is such a good man I would feel shame to the nth degree if I ever completely forgot his birthday.

2) Routine, routine, routine is what saves my neck from time to time. If I get out of sync with my usual routine quite often I wind up having a not-so-good day.

3) Names give me more trouble, for some reason. Dates and navigating new places are not a problem for me--at least, not yet!

Posted by: Stan at January 5, 2006 09:44 AM

I'll play!

Posted by: Diane at January 5, 2006 10:00 AM

1) Hmmm. I don't remember... I know I have let eggs boil dry, and I have to have an iron and a coffee pot that turn themselves off.
2) I rely on lists and post-it notes.
3) How to get places.

Posted by: Kathy at January 5, 2006 10:53 AM

I'm up. Late, but I'm up.

Posted by: skinnydan at January 5, 2006 12:59 PM

Mine's up! No linky today but I'm up.

Posted by: Nate at January 5, 2006 02:31 PM