Describe a thing you once forgot to do.
You should say:
What it is
When you forgot it
Why you forgot it
And explain how you felt about this experience
I’m sometimes quiet a forgetful person so in fact there are quite a few occasions I recall when I forgot to do something. You see, I can get a bit flustered and stressed out under pressure and it’s on these occasions that I am most likely to forget something. It’s never something really important, though, at least not usually. The one time that I did forget something important was when I was meant to take a birthday present to my brother’s house in Changsha. You see, we were making a family visit there for his birthday and we prepared lots of stuff to take to him. I completely forgot his present, to be honest I don’t know how I could have forgotten it but I did. I got into an argument with my mother you see, a silly argument about something unimportant, just before we were about to leave for the train station, and I completely forgot the present – I left it on the kitchen table at home. I was meant to pack it but I didn’t. I didn’t actually realise that I’d forgotten it until we arrived at his house after the long train journey, and then everyone unpacked their stuff, and I suddenly realized I didn’t have it. I was incredibly embarrassed and felt really silly. He wasn’t that annoyed about it, but I felt bad and my mother was really angry and gave me a lot of hassle about it. She has gotten quite tired, over the years, with reminding me to do things, and me forgetting you see. So, this was one of the many occasions when I’d forgotten something, yet again, and she lost patience with me. My brother calmed her down – he’s quite a placid character and he is good at smoothing things over – he never seems to get annoyed or take anything too personally, unlike my mother, so he was totally cool about it all. But, still, I felt bad and I said I would post it to him from Beijing, when we got back. This was a year ago, summer last year. In fact, it was during the summer holidays from university.
1. How can we strengthen our memory?
There are a number of ways we can strengthen our memory, actually, most of these include mental activities like puzzles, word games, number games and, of course, reading. Reading novels is very underestimated as a great form of keeping the mind active and sharp – mainly because you’ve got to hold in your mind different characters and what they do. I think that is why kids learn and remember things more than adults sometimes – they’re in school and have to read a lot of different things for different subjects so they are constantly training their minds in that way, and at the same time training their memories. In school here you have to memorize a lot you see so some people get really strong at memory-related activities and things. After we leave school I think we lose some of this ability, but that also depends on the kind of jobs we do. If you have a challenging and demanding job juggling lots of different tasks, projects and deadlines, then you’re more likely to keep your memory sharp and focused. If you have a more laid-back job you’re more likely to get out of the habit of remembering things or managing multiple tasks at once and you’re perhaps more inclined to forgetting things easier.
2. What kind of people might easily forget things?
People who are busy or easily distracted forget things more, I reckon. Also, it’s a personality thing: some people are more absent-minded and it’s just in their nature. Also, people who get stressed more easily, and confused can forget things more often than people who are calm and composed. When you get worried and stressed your mind can get clouded and you’re more likely to put things off or forget to do things, because your mind is occupied and not really working in a clear or organized manner. Also, if you’re tired you’re more likely to suffer from absent-mindedness. It’s important to get a good night’s sleep because that helps the brain to be more clear and focused.
3. What kind of things do people often forget?
People forget dates, times and appointments sometimes. I’m not sure, I think it depends… let me think… I have friends that often forget their subway card in the office, or forget their phone even in the bathrooms at work. There are all sorts of things like this that people routinely forget. My sister always leaves her car keys in bars and restaurants – almost every time she goes out, we are just leaving the place and she must go back to get her keys from the table we’ve been eating at. I don’t know why she always does this. You see, different people have different habits, both good and bad habits, and some people forget these kind of items because they get distracted in conversation and then absent-minded about their wallet or keys or these kind of things that you take out of your pocket and put down, then forget to pick up again.
4. Do you think heavy workload is the reason for forgetting things?
Yes, oftentimes this can be a reason why people forget things, most certainly. If people have a lot of work to do they not only have to juggle a lot of different tasks and projects, maybe, but they also might not get chance to have proper rest and sleep, especially if they also have family responsibilities and duties when they get home at night. So, this can cause people to be tired, which, in turn, means that their minds aren’t working properly or very sharply, and they can easily forget things. I think that a good work-life balance is essential for people. In fact, people are more likely to produce better quality work and not get forgetful, if they have plenty of rest time and a decent night’s sleep that is largely free of stress or worry.