Did You Forget Something?

Posted on August 16, 2018 by

I can’t tell you how often I leave the house without something I need to take with me.  Yup.  Even when I set it out where I will see it.  I come home and there it is sitting on the counter. Does this ever happen to you?

Then what do you do?  Sometimes I remember that I forgot something when I am a little ways down the road so I do a U-turn and come back and get it.  One time I went to an appointment without the paperwork I had already completed.  Luckily that time my hubby was able to scan it and email it to me.  But what a pain that was.

Here are two really quick mindfulness tips for making sure you have everything you need before you leave.  They really work!

Before you leave the bedroom, the house, the office, the classroom, or even the store do this Quick Scan Process to make sure you have everything you need.

  • Stop and think about where you are going and what you are about to do. Think about what you need to wear and what you need to bring with you.
  • Do a Quick Body Scan while you say, “Do I have everything I need?”
    • Notice what you are holding and wearing and make sure you have everything you need. For example, if you are leaving for school, make sure you have your homework, backpack, lunch, jacket, or anything else you need to bring to school that day. If you are leaving for work check to see that you have your lunch, cell phone, ipad, briefcase, car keys, coat, phone. If you are leaving the grocery store think about what you went there to get.
    • Women: Look in the mirror to see if you have your earrings (do they match), jewelry or lipstick on. Are you wearing the right shoes? Do you need a coat or sweater?
    • Men: check your tie, hair, shoes (do they match?), belt, socks.
  • Do a Quick Room Scan while you say, “Did I forget something?”
    • Look around the room to see if there is anything you are forgetting to take with you. For example, is your sports bag that you need for practice or the gym still sitting on the floor? Are your keys on the hook? Is your phone on the counter? Is your lunch still in the refrigerator? Going grocery shopping? Is your shopping list on the table?

For more help with being mindful check out Mindfulness Skills Workbook.

Debra Burdick, LCSW, also known as ‘The Brain Lady’, is an international expert on ADHD and Mindfulness. She is an award-winning, #1 best-selling author of: Mindfulness Skills Workbook, Mindfulness Skills for Kids and Teens, ADHD: Non-Medication Treatments and Skills for Children and Teens, Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD, Mindfulness for Kids with ADHD, Mindfulness Skills for Kids Card Deck, and Radical Self-Care When You Are Ill Card Deck. She is an international speaker and retired psychotherapist and neurotherapist, who has been helping all ages thrive for over 30 years.

I would love to hear your personal experiences with this topic.


  1. Hi Deb,

    Yes I have experienced all of the things you mentioned. All of your suggestions are great. Sometimes I can’t believe I have forgotten something when I leave the house. Thanks for the tips.

    Hope all is well. All good here. Back to FL in January, God willing.


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  2. Hi Dave,
    Most of us forget things sometimes. It really helps me to stop and think and do the 2 quick scans described in the blog post.
    Glad to hear you will be in FL in January!

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  3. Hello Deb, Yes, I’ve had all those forgetful experiences you mentioned including the “U-turn”. Two weeks ago while on the way to the airport for a work trip up north my wife asked “do you have all your equipment”. I didn’t pay much attention because I’m always prepared with everything days in advance. A minute later I realize I forgot the one most essential item, my tuning device. Too late to make the U-turn, I would miss the flight, I had to go without it and wait days for FedEx. Next time, back to using a written check list.
    Thanks for your helpful articles.
    Albert Lord

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  4. Hi Albert,
    It really helps to stop and be mindful before you leave the house. It has saved me lots of frustration. Sorry to hear you forgot your tuner – so essential. Such a hassle to get it FedExed. Hopefully the last time you forget it…

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