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    01-01-2014, 09:12 PM

This is going to sound really stupid, but I can't for the life of me remember to turn off the water filling up the trough. Apparently I have horrible short term memory. Each time I tell myself I won't forget, I'll stay out there close by and wait for it to fill, but I always end up leaving and hours go by before I see it or remember it and everything's flooded. I get so mad at myself for forgetting. Is there some foolproof way to help me remember?
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    01-01-2014, 09:15 PM
I have the same problem as soon as it's almost full, I keep repeating "turn off the water" in my head as I walk to turn it off.
    01-01-2014, 09:15 PM
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Yes, pay the water bill.
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    01-01-2014, 09:16 PM
How about setting an alarm? Maybe on a cell phone if you have one?
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    01-01-2014, 09:26 PM
Originally Posted by JaphyJaphy    
How about setting an alarm? Maybe on a cell phone if you have one?
^^^ Yep, that.

My short term memory is terrible as well, mixed in with a little ADD at times I suspect. ;) If there's anything time critical like this I HAVE to set a reminder to myself otherwise I forget.

I click on Siri on my iPhone and ask her to set a reminder timer for "x" number of minutes. Alarm goes off, problem solved.
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    01-01-2014, 09:26 PM
Green Broke
Oh my gosh.. I am the same way.. I have now made the rule to stay AT the tank until the water is full.

I feel bad when 2 days later my cows water is still running;)...

And yes I check on my animals throughout the day.. Normally just looking at the cows, as the have hay 24/7 and a huge water tank.. sooo not much maintance needed there;)
    01-01-2014, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Yes, pay the water bill.
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But if you are on a well....

I actually do that fairly frequently. I start filling the troughs while I clean stalls and feed horses (I fill three) and then I put it in the fourth and head up to the house. I always leave the back door open while I feed the pig (his pen is near the house) and then ... I go in the house and leave the water running. Sometimes I'll leave it on all night and it makes me so angry because my paddocks are sloppy messes!
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    01-01-2014, 09:30 PM
Stop walking away from it. Play on your phone or something.
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    01-01-2014, 09:30 PM
I hear you. I am ultra forgetful. But what I do is set timers and reminders on my iPod touch. If I think I will be distracted enough to forget something, I set a reminder before I leave to do something else.
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    01-01-2014, 09:46 PM
Thanks guys, better to know it's not just me :)
The alarm on the phone is a great idea! I'm going to start doing that.

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