by Len Horridge


How many times have you said to yourself ‘I must remember to...’ and then when the time came for you to do whatever it was, you forgot about it or perhaps you even knew you had to do something but could not remember what it was?

Now another question for you: if you walked into your kitchen and somebody had moved the fridge to the other side of the room, do you think you would notice? Perhaps, on a smaller scale, if you walked into your bedroom and someone had moved some of your things, do you think you would spot that they had been moved? The answer is probably yes and this is not because we have brilliant memories for the things around us, it is because we are creatures of habit and security and we like things to stay the same, so if something has been moved out of its normal place we spot it immediately.

So what is my point? Well, the next time you have to put the cat out before you go out, a job that may normally done by someone else, why not put a tin of cat food on the doormat so you can’t help but trip over it. When you see the cat food, you’ll remember to put the cat out.

That’s an obvious example, but the connection need not be so blatant. It could be something as subtle as moving an ornament a few inches, or shifting a mat so that it no longer lines up with the table, or tying knots in your handkerchief. The key thing is that when you do this, you say to yourself ‘This will remind me to... ’

When you next see this disturbance in your normal environment, you’ll know you have to do something, and because you created the disturbance while thinking about what you had to do, you will remember.

It really is as simple as that. Try it; it will work if you use it.