There was a character on Sesame Street in my youth that I often had cause to identify with. His name was Forgetful Jones, and even the simplest of tasks or the most obvious of objects could slip from his mind at a moments notice. All through my life, this has been my problem – the hair brush I didn’t put away is gone for good, or my cell phone is missing yet again. In elementary school I had a terrible time not because I was unintelligent, but because I would simply forget my homework. I’ve tried most of the ‘practical’ solutions people give: a dayplanner, lists, emails to myself, sticky notes, the string-around-the-finger. I cope. I manage. I still forget.
The ‘new’ century has also brought the online version of this system of tracking – list.it, a program for taking short notes that is fully synchronized and backed up as long as you have Firefox access to the interweb. It’s a convenient sidebar tool, and thus far is helping me remember other people’s music suggestions for me and the things I need to get done in the next few days. I can’t really control the order of appearance for the list, or limit the amount of each note that is ‘shown’ – there is no sort of summary listing. But it seems like a potentially useful little thing.