10 ways to stop forgetting things—and get more done

Forget to reply to that email again? Miss your deadline? Here’s how to remember more.

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Is forgetting one of the main reasons you don’t get things done?

How good are you at remembering what you need to do?

The second worst time management excuse, behind “I don’t have time,” is, “I was going to do it, but I forgot.”

Are you guilty of saying you are going to do something and then don’t because you forgot? Forgetting is not an excuse, but a root cause of your productivity issues.

Whether it is to-dos, appointments, obligations, or bills, forgotten tasks often cause more work down the road.

10 ways to stop forgetting

We all want to stay on top of our tasks and obligations. What we need are good habits and strategies to remember what we need to do.

1. Set an alarm. We all have alarm clocks on our phones, yet few of us use them. Setting an alarm is the simplest way to remind yourself. Need to call that customer back by end of day? Set your alarm for 5 p.m.. An alarm is the down and dirty way to jog your memory.

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