With midlife comes occasional bouts of forgetfulness that can sometimes lead to bad consequences. Thankfully, a cell phone can help save the day to stay on track against midlife forgetfulness.
I almost ruined a family tradition because midlife forgetfulness got in the way.
At our house, homemade cinnamon rolls are a special treat reserved for special occasions ONLY. That’s what makes them special. Through the years, I have determined that those special cinnamon roll occasions are Christmas morning, maybe a birthday, but always on the Sunday of our church’s twice annual General Conference in April and October. A yummy tradition that has lasted for 36 years and has passed on to the next generation as all of my children observe it in their homes with their own families.
One of the keys to making successful gluten free cinnamon rolls is that you have to have the dairy products – eggs, milk, butter and mascarpone cheese – at room temperature before you begin assembling the ingredients. Usually, I will set out these items the night before to insure they are room temperature by morning. I’ve done it this way a bunch of times and it’s never been a problem. That is, until last Sunday (General Conference Sunday) when I got an attack of midlife forgetfulness.
I had set my wake up alarm that morning with plenty of time to mix, bake, and serve my cinnamon rolls before the church conference began. As I was drowsily coming out of my restful sleep with my midlife brain slowly rebooting, I suddenly remembered: “I didn’t set out the ingredients the night before!!!” I shot out of bed, ran downstairs, and began trying to calculate how much time I had to try to get the ingredients to room temperature before it would be too late to serve the cinnamon rolls.
I figured that was plenty of time for everything to reach room temperature. Guess what? 30 minutes is not enough time for eggs, butter, and milk to reach room temperature. “Oh no,” I panicked. “Because I forgot (darn midlife forgetfulness), our family tradition was going to be wrecked this year.” Then I remembered:
Surely I could find some person on the internet who has made this same mistake and came up with a way to speeding up room temperature. Instead of turning on my computer and waiting for it to load, I grabbed my iPhone and after just a few seconds of scrolling, I found just what I was looking for: a baking hack shared back in 2011 on the blog, My Baking Addiction. Thanks to my smart phone and its handy, quick access to the Internet, those room temperature tips saved our 35-year-old family tradition.
What other tools are available on any smart phone– without using a special app– that can be used to fight off midlife forgetfulness?
Calendar– Keep track of appointments, birthdays, and reoccurring events. I am still old school when it comes to calendars; I prefer to use the paper version At-A-Glance Appointments to keep track of everything. But I also put most of those calendar items on my smart phone calendar as a cross-reference. Good thing because invariably, someone will ask me if I am available on such and such date and I can answer them right away.
Alarm– Even though I have a calendar of events on my phone, I still get midlife forgetfulness and occasionally will totally forget about appointments and events I have written down. That’s when the alarm comes in handy. It is hard to forget to be somewhere when 15 minutes before, an alarm sound goes off and triggers my midlife memory.
Pictures– This is genius. I just wish I remember to use it more. If there is something you want to keep track of (notes from a conference, a recipe to buy ingredients for at the market, a piece of furniture you want to match, etc.) simply take a picture of it so it is handy when you need it most. Then, you don’t need it anymore, just delete.
Reminder List– Keep track of your errands for the day, a running market list, steps to an exercise routine – anything that has moving parts so you don’t forget and leave something out. You can check off each time you complete a portion of your list so you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished along the way as well as when the whole task is done. It also stores your lists in case you need to log what you did.
All of these ways to beat midlife forgetfulness are on a smart phone from the factory. Moral of the story: use your smart phone to ward off the guilt and wasted time that midlife forgetfulness brings.
How do you use your smart phone to help you overcome midlife forgetfulness?