I never had a problem with losing things. I wasn’t the person who was always asking “where are my keys”? Or, “has anyone seen my wallet?” That all changed though when I had my daughter. I doubt there is any direct link to childbirth and memory loss, but I noticed a big difference. I would be constantly losing things. One time I even searched for my wallet for twenty minutes, and it was in my hand the whole time. I cannot even count on two hands how many times I’ve lost my wallet. The dumb blonde jokes were humorous at first but after a while they start to lose their humor and really start to get on my nerves. My absentminded actions have made me late for work, or miss important appointments. Forgetting where things are is now a weakness of mine that was never a problem before. I plan to explore different strategies of remembering, and come up with a plan to give my memory a boost.
The first thing I should do when I lose my wallet is to use mental imagery to trace back the events of the day. I need to think about where I was, or who I was with. This will give me clues as to where I might have left my wallet. I need to go through my mind as if it were a day planner, starting with what I did first that day and so on, to the moment I am in now. For example, remembering that I had my wallet with me to pay for gas could trigger my mind to remember that I left it in the glove box.
Since losing my wallet has become such an issue, I may need to focus more of my attention on it. Remembering where my wallet is should be just as important as remembering to pick up my daughter from daycare. Focusing more attention on the wallet will keep it fresh in my mind, rather than it slipping my mind when I’m busy doing other things.
I could also use rehearsing to remember my wallet. When I put it somewhere if I just say to myself a few times “your wallet is on top of the dresser” this will help me to remember where I placed it. Rehearsing this a few minutes after I placed...