After my TBI when I was eight, I had to develop habits in order to remember things. I didn’t have much of a short term memory to rely on for the four years after the accident. It was so bad that when people were telling me to write something down, I couldn’t remember it long enough to put the word down on paper. So, I had to take it one… Letter… At… A time.
One of the habits I picked up was to always check for stuff that I put down before leaving the place that I was sitting. Took a lot of repetition, but now it’s second nature to check. The second habit (and probably the most important) is my memory station.
Now this can be anything from a bench by the door, backpack, purse, or a box. The memory station is where I keep everything that I will need to have when I go somewhere. Naturally, my backpack was my memory station when I was in school. If I ever have anything that I will need to take with me, I put it immediately in my memory station. I have to do right when I’m thinking about it, or I will forget to put it in and then not have it when I leave.
Since I have a new job, I have new things that I have to take with me to work. So, I went and got myself a basket that I can fit everything in for work. That includes my roller pole, lunch box, sunscreen, gloves, mask, protein bar, waterbottle, and I think a few more things.
I personally believe that everyone should develop these habits. My sister left her phone places more often than I did because she never checked to see if she put it down on the bench. My little brother always forgets something at home whether it be homework or his lunch because he didn’t put it all in one (constant) place.
These habits have made my life so much easier and it would probably make life a breeze for “normal” people. It’s funny how sometimes we end up with a positive effect from a terrible situation. I just thought I’d share this because I truly believe that those who don’t already know about it, could benefit from these tools.