I woke up in a panic yesterday wondering if I had missed an appointment on Friday. I had set a reminder that came up the day before, but I remember snoozing that reminder until the following week because I was certain I entered the wrong date just the day before. But when I woke up yesterday, I wasn’t so sure. Thankfully, when I got up and checked my emails, the meeting is actually next Friday.
With an uncanny ability to hyperfocus, I can easily spend hours (even days) on a single project. Lately, that project is my full-time job. With overtime being offered, I tend to zero in on the things that extra money can pay off faster. Meanwhile, everything else in my life is blurred on the sidelines.
Enter the schedule! It’s time to set limits on that overtime and actually schedule time for other things that need to be done. I love my Outlook calendar and the fact that I can sync it to my cell phone. I don’t always have Outlook open, but my cell phone is always with me. So the reminders are often life savers! It removes the worry that I might forget something (because I most definitely would forget) because I know I can rely on that reminder to chime and tell me where I need to be and what I need to be doing.
As silly as some may think this is, even the small things such as getting the mail, paying bills, and reminding someone to take out the trash are going on the schedule. These community mailboxes have killed me since we moved out here, and I often put off walking to the mailbox across and just two houses down the street – especially in the winter. So, yes, until I’ve formed a new habit, I will set a reminder to go get my mail!
I’m sure my ADD has something to do with my inability to function without a schedule. As much as it’s a blessing for giving me hyperfocus abilities, it’s so much more of a curse for leaving me scatter-brained. Now, if only I can remember to schedule things. I wonder if I can set a reminder to set reminders? I’ll think about that tomorrow!