A Memory Champion's Best Mental Trick For Remembering Where You Put Your Keys

If you're tired of misplacing your keys around the house, this explosive memory trick will help you remember. All you need is a little imagination. In this video from the Business Insider YouTube channel, Ron White, world record holder and two-time National Memory Champion, shares his trick for keeping his keys from getting lost. White suggests we misplace keys and other everyday objects because we go on mental autopilot, especially after a long day. To combat that, you need to find a way to focus on the moment you set something down.

For keys, White recommends you imagine they're a small bomb that goes off wherever you toss them. For example, if you stick them on the counter, imagine a chunk of the counter top getting blasted out and your cabinets catching fire. This makes your brain focus on the moment of placement and associates a visual memory with a distinct physical location. After all, you can't imagine how your coffee table might blow up if your brain doesn't take a moment to study the environment first. Now when you need your keys, you'll go, "Oh yeah, I blew up the nightstand a few hours ago."

A national memory champion explains how to never misplace your keys ever again [YouTube]


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    A better method is to always put them in the same place. Leave a bowl or a container of some kind and get in the habit of always placing your keys and other pocket items in there when you arrive. That way, you'll only ever have one place to look.

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