Say, "I have left my car keys on the hall table" to yourself. The more encoded the information is, the easier it is for you to retrieve later. Are you a verbal learner?
Do you tend to get songs stuck in your head? A mantra about where your thing is might help.
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This is a key part of the encoding process: be mindful. This term means paying attention rather than multitasking or flinging stuff willy-nilly.
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If you notice that you always misplace something in particular, next time you have it and are about to put it down, pause, take a second and focus on what's happening. Building up a "mental map" of locations, as experts call them, seems to depend heavily on our attention. Scientists in looked at all the available studies done on memory-training tools, which claim to use the brain like a "muscle" and make it better at memory-related tasks like remembering where things are.
Unfortunately, they discovered that the evidence suggests these tools aren't much use.
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So if you're constantly losing things, you're better off changing your behavior than attempting to use apps to boost your memory. If you want to remember where everyday things are, adjusting your environment towards that goal is also a good hack.
According to Stever Robbins, a productivity expert quoted in the Washington Post in , one of the best ways to locate things is to make sure you have a single area you put them every time: a designated place. In an unfamiliar office? Always put your phone to the left of you, for instance.
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Designated places make it easier to track where things might be. Memory is very tied into our emotional responses; studies have shown that we're more likely to remember things when we have some kind of emotional reaction to them , whether they're scents, noises, or images. This isn't necessarily a technique that might work every day, but if you're putting away something serious and need to remember where it is, like your tax paperwork or a family heirloom, try to encode it in your mind with some kind of feeling or emotional memory.
Tie the object and where you've put it with that feeling, and it should be easier to access the location next time you need it. Because many people confuse loose with lose , there are many mnemonics to help you remember which is which.
It may help visual learners to picture lose and loose as ropes. Loose would be a longer rope than lose because of the extra O. So, loose is looser than lose.
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A single letter distinguishes lose and loose , but you can tell them apart if you use a mnemonic. Practice makes perfect.
If you write a few sentences with each of the words, before long you will be a pro. Why not start now? Shundalyn Allen. Works on all your favorite websites. Writing, grammar, and communication tips for your inbox.