Posted on the inside of the front door at my house is a list of all the things I need to remember before heading to the airport. I’m laser focused on some things like computer security, which is good because that’s my job. But at the basics of life, I’m totally scatterbrained. My executive function never was much good and I have to resort to building rigid routines like posting lists on the door in order to compensate.
Many of the items are on the list because I have at one point gone off without them. If there’s one thing my wife hates, it’s overnight shipping a laptop power adapter to me. she did it once, then added it to the list. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s seeing how much it costs to overnight ship something to me. When I saw the bill, I invested in a docking station so I never have to use the power cord while at home. If it stays in the backpack, I can’t leave it behind.
My alternate strategy is to keep multiples of most important things in my backpack in case I leave one behind.