Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The expression “Out of sight, out of mind” can be applied to various things including long-term goals, day-to-day tasks, projects, self-improvement, hobbies, traveling and dietary habits. If you can’t see it, you’re less likely to do it, achieve it, use it, learn it, visit it or eat it!

Everything that I want to take action on, from goals I’m trying to achieve to things I’ve been putting off, get written down in multiple places where I can see it easily and regularly. I write it on the marker board in my office, there’s no way I can sit down in my chair without seeing what I have to do. If it’s a pomodoro activity I’ll write it on an index card and pin it to the cork board right above my monitor, it’s hard to ignore that. I’ll also write reminders on the marker board on the fridge and even use dry erase markers on the mirror in the bathroom, that way it’s the first thing I’ll see when I wake up. Seeing what it is I want to achieve, reminds me and keeps it fresh in my mind.

Having a convenient way to see my goals or todo items is way more conducive to me to make them happen. Versus if I can’t see them, I’m more likely to forget and never take action, as they say, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

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