Productivity: Mind Hacks to Remember More & Get More Done

The last post talked about motivated forgetting and how it can prevent you from reaching your goals. If you missed the post, catch it here.

It also mentioned offering simple shifts to keep goals from becoming faded memories.

There are a few ways to go about doing this, but the easiest is to put cues and clues around your environment so you constantly reminded of the priority.

More or less, put your goals in view so you are automatically reminded of them without conscious effort on your part.

Here are some suggestions:

Password

Turn the goal into a password for social medial, business, or personal accounts. Is your goal to train for the 5k? Your new password is ‘Train4the5K’. Do you want to finish that novel you’re writing? ‘FinishNovelbyMar30’. Maybe you want to lose weight? ‘Lose20in6Months’. Not only are these strong passwords, but each time you type them, you reinforce the priority.

Key chain

Make a key chain with your top goals. Keys are something you carry everywhere. So a key chain that lists your goals means they are always at your finger tips. The reminder goes where you go.

Phone

Place the goal on the home-screen or wall paper of your phone. Whether you have the latest iPhone or an antiquated Nokia, most cell-phones allow you to display a message on the home-screen. Resolutions are a great message to place as anytime you turn the screen on, you see it. This is my personal favorite, as we speak, my top priority is on there.

These are few ways to keep your goals, tasks, and priorities on top of mind at all times.

I like these suggestions because they are not location or time based. The reminders are with you wherever you are and at all times of the day.

Though, if you don’t like these suggestions, you might put the list in a wallet sleeve or purse pocket you go into often, bathroom or bedroom mirror you stand in front of each morning, a drawer you open regularly, the entrance of your home, or a refrigerator door. You can even set an alarm on your phone to ring daily or weekly to notify you of your priority.

Whichever suggestions you use, try to put as many reminders around your space and place as possible.

The great thing about this strategy is you need set the reminders only once.

After that, they will always be there helping you stay focused.

If you are hesitant to do this exercise, realize these reminders aren’t just for you…

They are for your mind as well.

Everything begins and ends in the mind.

And if your mind is constantly seeing the reminder – without you realizing – it will shift things around in to help you better prioritize your time, energy, and even motivation. That is, if your mind is aware that you have to write for an hour, it won’t tempt you with a time-wasting activity like a movie.

The mind will also steer you to make better choices. If a friend suggests going for a drink, you will get an apprehensive tinge in your muscles; that’s the mind telling you ‘hey if you go out for drinks, you’ll miss going to the gym.’

These are some indirect, unconscious ways creating reminders can help you remember your goals.

Still…

You have to put effort on your part.

Don’t just ignore the reminder or let it become this ‘thing’ that bogs you down as a constant memory of what you should be doing, but aren’t.

Too many of us get caught in a cycle of remorse, regret, and self-loathing when we are reminded of our resolutions.

Instead, take a moment to think about what you are doing to get closer to the objective. Determine if you are making progress, and if not, what you can do to get on track. See if there are areas you can improve.

You might even think about what you can do in that moment to get yourself closer to the intended desire. Is there an email you can write, appointment you can make, or person you can call?

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