How to Beat Distraction and Remember Everything

Tips and tricks to overcome the 'age-old' problem of memory loss

by Suzanne Gerber • Next Avenue
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You might have seen an Internet joke that used to make the rounds and starts off like this:
 
“Recently, I was diagnosed with AADD, or Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. (It used to be called ‘lack of focus,’ but I feel much better now that it is a ‘disease.’) I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first ….”
 
You get the drift. And it might be funny — if it didn’t ring so true.
 
Another thing that circulated I liked enough to post to my Facebook page: a pie chart called “How I spend my day.” It was divided into four unequal segments: 15 percent was eating, 21 percent was sleeping, 33 percent was working, and the rest was “trying to remember what I came into the room for.”
 
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