Does Remembering Help You Survive?

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The Wonder of Elephants

Elephants are fascinating animals. They can pick up a grain of rice with a trunk that weighs over 200 pounds, can recognize themselves in the mirror, have tusks that never stop growing, and are extremely emotional animals. One of the most interesting things about elephants is their long-term memory.

Memory Linked with Survival

An elephant’s ability to recall details long-term is intended for survival. They can live a long time as a result of being able to remember people and animals that they have interacted with years prior. In addition to keeping the herd safe, an elephant can use long-term memory to guide other elephants to water over very long distances.

Is your long-term memory helping you survive? Hang onto the details that will enhance your life, not the ones that weigh you down.

Philippians 3:13 says, “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on”.

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Christmas Cards in January

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Planning Ahead

Last year I missed out on doing a few things that I wanted to. I talked about going a couple of holiday events, ordering Christmas cards and even finding matching pajamas for our family to enjoy over the holiday season.

Unfortunately, none of the things listed above were a part of our Christmas experience this year.

This year my word is the year is “chase”. I decided that I wanted to chase or hunt down 52 different things this year.

As someone who struggles with getting things on the calendar ahead of time, I decided long-term planning needed to be my first Project.

I Interviewed an Expert

I decided to ask my sister-in-law what she does in regards to planning since she always seems to have things on the calendar and is very organized. She said she was surprised to be asked, replying that the only thing she feels like she does well is prioritizing the things that really matter.

What I Notice

But, I do notice that she regularly uses a planner and always writes things down when events come up. Rather than waiting until the last minute, she brings things like group gift purchases and event possibilities up well before they are going to take place.

I plan to take several tips from my sister-in-law and take control of my year.

I Looked For a Template

I decided to look for a template online to see if someone had created a format for organizing things. After not finding what I was looking for, I decided to create an outline on a Google Document and listed out each month with the things I wanted to do.

Schedule Things a Month Ahead

Rather than writing, “Order Christmas Cards” under December, it made more sense to list them under November since that is the month I need to take action on ordering them. Writing an order by date on the calendar will keep me organized with my bottom line. And, when it comes to getting the picture, I will either have the picture chosen by the beginning of November or realize that I am limited in my time frame to get a picture.

What the Document Showed Me

In addition to setting dates, laying things out ahead of time allowed me to see that I am running a race the first four months of the year and that our January is pretty packed.

Action Steps

  • Continue writing on the google document.
  • Make sure to list important things.
  • Buy a planner and use it.
  • Schedule things to be done about a month before they need to be.