Let's be honest, being a family or professional caregiver is a supportive, loving and caring activity, but it can make your life crazy if you let it. The point of this blog is to help you deal with the craziness of being a caregiver and keep you from losing yourself in the activity.
Blog author, Mike Collins, is the producer of the video, "Care for the Caregiver," winner of a National Caregiver Friendly Award from Caregiver Magazine.
One of the worst ways that caregiving makes us crazy is making us forget things!
Most of us have ways we
remind ourselves to do things, remember new ideas or keep important tasks in
front of us.
Some people use a To-Do
List and check it on a regular basis. Others use sticky notes or little slips
of paper, then jot notes to themselves and either leave the notes in plain
sight, put them in a pocket or purse or post them on the bathroom mirror or
other places in home and office.
I’ve started using a
new system that is working really well. I send myself an email and put the
task, new idea or issue on the subject line.
I know I’ll check
emails on laptop, iPad or iPhone a couple of times a day. So, when I see my
list of emails there’s the thing I have to do or the idea I want to remember.
One of the wonderful
things about this method is that I can note the idea and send the email by
voice simply by using the Siri feature on my phone. I don’t have to type it in
or text it…which works really well ‘cause we’re all trying to cut back on
texting while driving…you are doing that, aren’t you?
Try my idea
sometime…send yourself an email as a reminder. I’m betting you get hooked like
And, I’ll tell you what
I REALLY love about the idea: Late in the week I go into my email, call up all
the emails with my name as the sender and simply Delete, Delete, Delete…it’s
like checking tasks off a To-Do List, a great Got-It-Done feeling!