I can be pretty forgetful. If there's something important to remember, I need to jot it down right away or risk losing it forever.
It's even worse, though, when I'm on a phone call. If there's no pen lying around, any critical information that was discussed will dissipate, or at least be delayed until it's too late. This can be inconvenient (forgetting someone's address), embarrassing (forgetting the game plan in a conference call), and potentially life-threatening (forgetting what your girlfriend said she wanted on her birthday).
The lesson here is—it's best to write things down as soon as... more