Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Write it Down

Among the challenges of growing older is "keeping track" of things. Not only the physical things like nail clippers, TV remotes, etc. but also every thing from commitments to sporting statistics. It helps to always keep physical things in the same place. As interested as I am in the Major League baseball games, I've had difficulty keeping track of how the 8 teams in the playoffs stand in their "win 3" series. By setting up the "score card" as shown, a lot of frustration has been relieved. The need to "write it down" helps and applies to people of any age. This was demonstrated yesterday when our City Administrator was scheduled to speak at the Kiwanis Club of Seward. There had been an exchange of electronic messages confirming his commitment but it didn't get entered into his schedule. Nor did the commitment get passed on to anyone who may have been able to remind him. By the time he was contacted after not "showing up", he was in a sensitive situation that he didn't feel he could leave. When he joined us for coffee this morning, he was given ample guidance on the need to "write it down", have someone able to remind him, and the need to become totally familiar with electronic scheduling if he was to rely on it. But at any age, it helps to carry an index card, scheduler, or small pad to help back up our internal memory. And, the older we get, the more important it becomes.

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