Anticipatory problem solving

As a problem solver, I sometimes like to anticipate my future needs.

For example, “Hey, my mouse battery died. Maybe I’ll keep an extra one in my laptop bag for when that happens again.”

But then this occurs…

I’m in the process of searching my laptop bag — for my pen — when I come across the spare battery that would’ve really come in handy that one time I needed it, but I forgot that I anticipated my own needs by placing a spare battery there, so I never bothered looking.

So now I am contemplating how to anticipate my future problem solving needs in a FOOLPROOF way that overrides my own deficiency in actually fulfilling those needs utilizing the solution to the problems that I’ve anticipated having.

For the time being, I’ve decided I’m going to write a note that says “Check your bag.” and put it in the battery compartment of my mouse.

Yeah. That ought to do the trick.

Or it will, once I can figure out how I previously decided to solve the problem of not being able to find my pen.

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