Category Archives: Physical Reminders

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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8 Glasses of Water a Day?

You know you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses a day, but how can you remember? Put 8 rubber bands on a glass you keep visible (e.g., your desk at work, the kitchen sink at home).  When you have finished the … 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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