Back when I was childless, I used to laugh when my friends would tell me about mom brain. Even when I had my son, I seemed to be totally fine. The mom brain theory? Total crap.
And then my daughter was born. I’m pretty certain that somehow my brain is still at the hospital. Could it be possible?
IF I DON’T WRITE EVERY DAMN THING DOWN I’m lost. My friends laugh at my crazy, color coded Google Calendar– but seriously people, there is no way in hell I will remember anything without it! And my bullet journal is my to-do list bible. Seriously, I need help! Luckily, I have found some great apps that have totally saved the mom brain fails for me, big time.
this is not a specific app (I use the stock iPhone calendar app) but honestly, I can’t imagine having a paper calendar, ever. I realize that some people prefer the written word, and that’s all well and good, but my iPhone is ALWAYS with me. It fits in my pocket. The calendar app syncs with Google Calendar, so I can access my calendar on my laptop, or on my work computer. My husband can view it from his phone too. If you don’t like the stock calendar app, I have heard great things about Cozi. Unfortunately, Cozi didn’t work for us because it doesn’t have two-way Google Calendar sync.
If all of your passwords are the same, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Trust me. That was the old me! The danger is that if your password is breached once, it can be susceptible to a data dump. My login credentials were a part of a big breach a few years back, and they ended up being part of a paste. A paste is when the data stolen in a software breach is dumped into a text file and posted online. Scary stuff! Long story short, change your passwords often and keep them different for every website. Due to mom brain, I have to use 1Password to maintain my long password list. It’s locked down and super easy to use.
The stock Notes app on my iPhone is THE BOMB for brain dumps. Here’s what I keep in my notes app: gift ideas list, things to remember for when we host parties (in terms of how much food we should order, what has worked and what doesn’t, etc.,) blog post ideas, movies we want to see, notes for vacations, clothes that we need so I can remember when I’m out shopping, and our wifi settings.
I’m a huge fan of Amazon, and they recently launched Prime Now in the Boston area. It’s available in a lot of major metro areas now too. What it offers is a limited amount of Amazon’s massive inventory, delivered to you in TWO HOURS. Crazy business. Forget that birthday party that your kid is invited to? Prime Now!
I love to read, and am always out and about and someone recommends a book. Then I get home, and I forget about it. Now that I use the Goodreads app, that doesn’t happen. It’s like Facebook for books! You can follow your friends, see what they’re reading, see how they’ve reviewed certain books, and save them to your book list. I love that you can sort your book list by size or rating, so you can choose a book depending on your mood.
Having mom brain comes with the territory of raising children, but with these apps, you can definitely clear up some of the fog! If you have any apps for mom brain, I would love to hear about them in the comments!