Help me remember what past me said
June 6, 2012 5:39 PM Subscribe
How can I get better at remembering the things I say in conversation?
posted by bumpjump to Human Relations (6 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've always had a really difficult time with remembering the things I say in conversation. I can remember what people say to me down to the inflection but I've never been able to remember at a later time (tens of minutes or tens of months) down the road what I said in a conversation with them. It always feels like I'm watching a movie in the first-person perspective.
This causes a lot of problems, especially when I promise somebody I'll do something but later forget about it -- at 24, I feel like I've broken more promises than most people twice my age. Even if I write down future engagements, inevitably I end up forgetting that I wrote down a note to remind myself (I once found a note reminding me to call someone back that was 2 years old). I wouldn't consider myself chronically late, but I do tend to forget to bring things to social engagements or follow through on favors that I'd offered to do for people.
Is there a trick/hack to remembering the things that happen to you in daily life? I feel like life happens to me instead of me being the one making life happen, if that makes sense.