I’m the first to admit that I have a terrible time remembering things. I forget names, lunch dates and birthdays all the time. I use every possible tool to keep my brain as organized as possible by updating my calendar, using reminders and keeping lists.
Let’s talk about some ideas to keep your brain in shape. Many cancer survivors are living with side effects from treatment, which can cause memory loss and changes in cognition (sometimes called brain fog or chemo brain).
One of the best ways to organize your thoughts is by keeping an updated calendar and task list. There are so many tools to help with this from paper calendars or organizers to applications (apps) on your smartphone or tablet.
Pick one tool and use it for everything. Most tools allow you to update your schedule and keep a running task list, special notes and other information such as contacts.
Another great strategy is to organize your living space. Find ways to organize documents such as medical records, appointment information, mail and others. Create a separate location (or folder, desk drawer or basket) where these items are placed.
It’s important to keep items in the same location each time so that you can easily find them later. This works great for your car keys, cell phone and purse or wallet as well.
Here are a few other ideas:
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic. What’s worked well for you?
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