Don’t Trust Your Memory
This post was written by Mel Lawrenz on Monday, October 10th, 2011 and is filed in Personal Productivity.
[This article is in the practical series Personal Productivity 101. "All hard work brings a profit." Proverbs 14:23]
Some people pride themselves on the sharpness of their memories, others continually embarrass themselves by forgetting appointments, tasks, or people. Life in the modern world isn’t getting simpler. We like all the connections we can make with people, the options we have when we shop, the many ways we can now collaborate with people in our work no matter where they are in the world. But this means most people have far more things to remember.
If you’ve tried to sharpen your memory and it hasn’t worked, it may be time to stop trusting your memory. I look at it this way: I want to use my memory for things that matter, like God and people (“Remember the wonders [God] has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” Psalm 105:5.) A healthy relationship with God requires that we have the mental flexibility and freedom to imagine, mediate, dream, and study. I’d rather manage the flood of tiny details of life and work without having to cram my memory with them.