Do you tend to be more forgetful when you are busy?

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19 Sep 2011, 4:19 am

I took a shower earlier today and was planning to print an email after that. When I was washing my face I found that I had used up my cleanser, so I washed it for recycling. After I was done with my shower I took my moisturiser and the empty cleanser tube out of the bathroom. With these two things my hands were full and I was planning to go back for my clothes. But by the time I put back my moisturiser and left the cleanser tube to dry, I had completely forgotten about my clothes and went straight to print my email. I only just discovered my dirty clothes. (*>_<*)

Usually this happens when I have to do things which are not part of my daily routine (e.g. print email, wash cleanser tube).



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19 Sep 2011, 4:52 am

Yes, I tend to be single minded and can only do one thing at a time. Funny though, I used to be able to manage it when I worked in a restaurant, except I would be near meltdown mode at the end of my shift. If I am in a rush I am much more easily distracted and my mind feels too overloaded to work.


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19 Sep 2011, 4:57 am

There are more things to forget when I'm busy, but I think my forgetfulness is pretty uniform regardless of what I'm doing. I might notice it more when I'm not busy, because when I'm not busy, I don't have anything that I must do, so I feel no sense of urgency to retain anything. If I'm busy, I can get very galvanised and focussed on my tasks.

I sometimes wonder if I'm the best person to know how much I forget, because to know I've forgotten something, I have to remember that there was something to remember.



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19 Sep 2011, 12:21 pm

When I am mildly busy I feel mentally stimulated and can probably remember more than when I have nothing much to do. It's when I am extremely busy or busy wth some important task that forgetfulness becomes a problem, also the need to take a rest whether or not every crucial task has been completed.



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19 Sep 2011, 2:03 pm

I'm so forgetful even when I'm not busy that I don't think there's much of a difference.



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19 Sep 2011, 2:08 pm

Yes i have that really badly, i even forget to eat, drink and breath if that wouldn't be automatic :P
but i like it because the end result of what i was working in would be magnificent.


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19 Sep 2011, 9:31 pm

I'm forgetful any way. But i am more forgetful when i busy.


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19 Sep 2011, 11:56 pm

OP, I've been in similar situations to yours countless times. It's part of the way we process things, which is what author Donna Williams referred to as "monotrack" or one thing at a time. It is hard to keep track of multiple things at once, not to mention frustrating!


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20 Sep 2011, 12:09 am

Jory wrote:
I'm so forgetful even when I'm not busy that I don't think there's much of a difference.


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20 Sep 2011, 3:21 am

Anyone who's every worked with me will tell you that my apologetic catch cry is "I'm not one of those women who can multitask!"

I have to keep lists or nothing will get done.

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20 Sep 2011, 4:46 am

YES, lists are my saviours!


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