Category Archives: Household

Mnemonics II – The Link System

Need to remember a list of items?  Maybe going to the grocery store?  The link system is a simple, fast way to chain together different things in a way that you can quickly commit them all to memory for full retrieval. … Continue reading

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Physical Reminders II: Hang 10 to Take it With You

Imagine that you need to remember to take your lunch bag with you, when you leave the house.  Put it on the edge of a counter or table such that a good portion of it hangs off the edge.  The more … Continue reading

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Tidy Tupperware

The memory aspect of this tip may be a little less than some others, but it’s related by way of the old card game “Concentration.”  In that game you placed all the cards face down and then turned up two … Continue reading

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Physical Reminders I

I’ve alluded to these in two previous posts, and the car keys are an example.  The most obvious physical reminder is a note, like a sticky with something written on it.  I like physical reminders because they’re concrete, and often … Continue reading

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Forgetting Through Doorways

It was empirically demonstrated several years ago that walking through a doorway induces forgetting.  It even happens if you go through a virtual doorway on a computer screen!  Here’s one of the best accounts of the research that I’ve seen:  Walking … Continue reading

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Did I Shampoo or Not?

Ever forget whether you just shampooed in the shower while you were distracted by pondering the meaning of life?  Here’s a simple solution:  rub your hair.  If it squeaks, it’s clean!  For short hair rubbing seems to work best.  If … Continue reading

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Using Car Keys as Reminders

It’s good to remember where your car keys are: Have an unambiguous, designated spot for car keys.  Often a place near the exit door is good, like a hook, or a specific container on a table that’s only used for the … Continue reading

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