A New Technique for Foregetful Procrastinators...Routine Clusters
Hi, I hope this helps somebody. It helps me. I am a forgetful procrastinator who wakes up in the morning absolutely overwhelmed by life. I can walk past an emergency and be oblivious to it for weeks, but in odd moments, remember and forget it again. So, that is why it has been so helpful to me lately to cluster routines as a memory prompter. Example:
FIRST CLUSTER: Every morning, it is a given that I WILL definitely get out of bed if I wake up alive. I cluster three small projects with that. I make my bed before I leave the room. I choose my clothing. I take any laundry out of the room and put it down the chute.
SECOND CLUSTER; Every morning, it is a given that I DEFINITELY WILL make a pot of coffee, come heckorhiwater. I cluster these these three things around that point: Feeding the howling cats, start the laundry, and catch up anything amiss in the kitchen.
RESULT: Every time I get up, I am conditioned to remember just three simple items: making the bed, finding an outfit and throwing dirty clothes down the chute.
RESULT: Every time I make coffee, I am conditioned to process laundry, tidy the kitchen and process laundry.
CONCLUSION: As forgetful as I am and as overwhelmed as I am, it is possible for me to remember these things when linked by this habitual conditioning of my memory. Just these two little 'cluster routines' have helped my world improve quite a bit and I am encouraged. I am going to try to devise more of these little habits linked to my daily rythyms. (How on earth do you spell 'rythms?'