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I'm working as a reporter, amateur photographer, writer, and editor. Since one of my colleagues quit her job, my boss gave me her project, so now I'm also editor in chief for 3 corporate magazines. My task is to monitor the process of the magazine from the concept, execution, revision, until it is printed.

I love organizing, I'm a grammar nazi (in Bahasa, not English), I'm able to remember all the details, and always on time to deliver the product. So I'm perfect for the job.

I usually have a good memory. I can remember all the details me and my client talking about at the meeting. I'm able to organize things and making a mental list of things to do or details to remember, without having to write it on an organizer or something.

My boss often ask me to check his presentation materials to see if there's anything he forgot to add. I know who report what event on what date and how long they have to write the article, I remember names and their job position, I remember specific details requested by my clients (i.e: "move the second line of the third paragraph on page 16 to the last line of the fifth paragraph on page 23", or "change the picture on page 33 with the one your photographer took from the upper angle, where Mr. Z were smiling to Mr. Y", or "tell your reporter to wear black jeans and stripes shirt to that event, we have prepared the dress for her at the 2nd floor, meet Mrs. W to take the dress", etc). All without having to write anything on a book, except for phone numbers and email address.

My colleagues (including my boss) and my clients often using me as their walking reminder and trusted me to not forgetting about their important details.

But lately, I have problem on memorizing the details. I began to slip/forget about few things. I forget that I have said certain things. There was also a moment when I was editing an article. At the end of the article, I realize that my mind was blank and I didn't know what was the article about. I was so pissed at myself for losing my concentration and wasting my time.

Until now, I'm able to make up my mistakes and no one is complaining. But still, this is really annoying for me. Now I get paranoid that I might missing some details or things, I have to bring an organizer everywhere I go and repeating my explanation twice to make sure that I have given the right explanation.

My best friend told me that I probably is too stressed because I have to handle 3 magazines at one time, while I usually only handle one. Not mention that I have to assist another colleague in handling his magazine because he's terrible at organizing. She's probably right, but that doesn't mean I can use my overload task as an excuse to lower my standard of perfection at work.

Have you ever experience the same thing? What are your solutions to overcome the problem? Do you consume specific nutrient?
 

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I agree that stress is probably the culprit, since the problem appeared when you took over the magazines.
I have memory problems, but mine is due to health issues. I have Firefox's "reminder fox" on my computer. It pops up reminders when I log on. Its been a life saver. I also keep information on 3x5 cards in a binder made for it. The 3x5 gives me enough space to put all the info I need.

A mulivitamin certainly cant hurt. Take time for yourself and spend some time relaxing and thinking about nothing, to give your brain a rest.
 

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Stress is a factor, but there are others.

Sleep is imperative for memory processing. Stress can change the quality of your sleep, even if the duration remains unaltered. I would make sure you are getting enough sleep and a good quantity of deep sleep.

You have a greatly increased work load. Even someone with an excellent memory like yours will start to struggle with recall and memory when too much is thrown at them at once. We all have limits, and maybe you have reached the limit of what you can keep in your head and quickly recall.

While multi-tasking is highly valued, it comes with an opportunity cost. That cost is called task switching. The more tasks you have to do at once, the less efficient you will be at doing them. Task Switching is the time that must be spent trying to regain your reference point to the current task at hand.

Eventually, you end up sending more time switching your mind between tasks than you do accomplishing the desired work. This is frustrating, but it is inescapable. Even computers have to pay this price of task switching, and few would accuse computers of not being able to remember things.
 
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While multi-tasking is highly valued, it comes with an opportunity cost. That cost is called task switching. The more tasks you have to do at once, the less efficient you will be at doing them. Task Switching is the time that must be spent trying to regain your reference point to the current task at hand.

Eventually, you end up sending more time switching your mind between tasks than you do accomplishing the desired work. This is frustrating, but it is inescapable. Even computers have to pay this price of task switching, and few would accuse computers of not being able to remember things.
Uhmmm... I'm not sure I get your message well. I'm sorry. Please pardon my ability to absorb your suggestions and processing it with my Sensor mind. But will you give me some examples on how to do it?:laughing:
 

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Uhmmm... I'm not sure I get your message well. I'm sorry. Please pardon my ability to absorb your suggestions and processing it with my Sensor mind. But will you give me some examples on how to do it?:laughing:
I think he's trying to say that you should focus doing one thing at a time to maximise your efficiency.
Someone said vitamins - those can help too.
Or you could just leave the work until the last moment. It works for me. Then the inspiration and despair kick in and I do work faster than the wind.:crazy:
 
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