I typically have a good memory, but I am sure my focus and forgetfulness are directly related.
My co-worker lives in a town that has possibly-my-favorite pizza place. She often nonchalantly mentions going to the pizza place with her family, forgetting I don’t live close to one. It’s not a regular option for me. But recently, she surprised me by bringing me a frozen take-and-bake pizza. I didn’t even know it was an option from the pizza place!
It was a Friday – a perfect time for a pizza, because even if I didn’t fix it that night, I’d have it sometime over the weekend. But I forgot it. She even reminded me when she left, but I took a long phone call then rushed out the door and didn’t remember until I was sitting at a friend’s house that night.
During tax season, I work on Saturdays, so at least I was back in the office the next day. I admitted to my co-worker that I’d forgotten the pizza but reassured her I wouldn’t forget that day, because I planned to have it for lunch or supper on Sunday. When she got ready to leave, she reminded me, and I laughed, “I’m not going to forget it again! Of course, I said I wouldn’t forget it last night!”
I got ready to leave within ten minutes, yet I walked right by the freezer without remembering the pizza. I got to the back door and laughed. A series of sticky notes announced,
“Susan. Don’t. Forget. The. Pizza.”
My boss heard me laughing, so I removed the notes and shared the story with her. We started talking about something else for a couple minutes, then I started to scurry out the door again – without the pizza.
Don’t worry. I remembered before I walked out the door, and it was delicious.
When I lose focus, I forget stuff. We all do.
It wouldn’t have been a huge deal to forget the pizza, but there are some things we need to remember well, which means we need to focus well. And there are a lot of things we focus on that don’t need or deserve our focus. They become distractions.
Focus on the right things today. Remember well.
Sticky notes help.