I started this discussion under Aging Well because I wanted to let you know what I have been doing for years to remember important events.
My Dad used to keep a notebook of important events so he wouldn’t forget when and where things occurred. I started a notebook before smartphones came on the scene and still use it to this day.
In my notebook I have things listed under Car, Medical/Dental, House and Misc. So I know when my bathroom renovation was done or when I had the carpet replaced in my bedroom or when I had cataract surgery or the pneumonia shot or had a procedure ,or the date I got a new car and the color of the paint that I chose for the bedroom and how long ago etc. You get the idea. Mine is arranged by year
and I started this notebook again when we moved into our new home in 2005. I will undoubted start a new one when we move again.
I don’t journal every little thing and the notebook is not overwhelming or bulky. This makes me a good historian medically wise. On my phone I keep the routine information necessary to fill out any medical questions. We’ve lived a long time, done so many things, had so many things happen, who could possibly remember all of it?
Just as an aside…I have a 5 year diary my dad wrote back in the 1930s when he was single and living and working in NY. He jotted a few lines in it on a daily basis. What a precious piece of history. We figured he stopped writing when he met my mom and got too busy. My son now has it for safe keeping.
Regards to all from FL Mary