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13 Memory Tricks That'll Make You Feel Like Less Of A Scatterbrain

If you forget someone's name, ask for their email address.

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1. Leave your keys on top of whatever you don't want to forget, like your lunch.

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2. If there's a task or a date you really want to remember, write yourself a note about it on your phone. Screenshot the note, and then set the screenshot as your phone's lock screen.

You'll be reminded of it every time you use your phone.
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You'll be reminded of it every time you use your phone.

3. Can't remember if you locked the door on your way out of the house? Keep a rubber band on your wrist.

Once you've locked the door, wrap the rubber band around your keys. When you see the rubber band on your keys, you'll know you locked the door! When you need to unlock the door again, put the band back on your wrist.
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Once you've locked the door, wrap the rubber band around your keys. When you see the rubber band on your keys, you'll know you locked the door! When you need to unlock the door again, put the band back on your wrist.

4. Paint your keys with different colors of nail polish to help remember which key works for which lock.

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5. When you use a coat check, take a photo of your ticket in case you lose it.

Then you can at least show the photo of the ticket to the attendant and hopefully get your coat back.
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Then you can at least show the photo of the ticket to the attendant and hopefully get your coat back.

6. If you have a power strip with several things plugged into it, put labels on each of the cords.

At some point, you'll need to unplug something, and the labels will remind you which cords belongs to which objects.
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At some point, you'll need to unplug something, and the labels will remind you which cords belongs to which objects.

7. Leave some empty trash bags at the bottom of your trash can.

When you take out a full trash bag, a fresh new one is ready to go right away!
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When you take out a full trash bag, a fresh new one is ready to go right away!

8. Take a photo of the inside of your fridge before you go grocery shopping.

If you're at the store and can't remember if you've already bought a product, check the photo to see what's still in the fridge!
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If you're at the store and can't remember if you've already bought a product, check the photo to see what's still in the fridge!

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9. Start typing email recipients beginning with their last name.

You'll be MUCH less likely to accidentally email the wrong person.
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You'll be MUCH less likely to accidentally email the wrong person.

10. If your hands are full when you're trying to get into your car, temporarily place extra items on the HOOD of the car — not the roof.

If you forget it, you'll see it on the hood once you get in your car. No more leaving your coffee on the roof as you drive away!
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If you forget it, you'll see it on the hood once you get in your car. No more leaving your coffee on the roof as you drive away!

11. If you're near-sighted and can't find your glasses, use your camera phone to see.

You'll find your glasses in no time.
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You'll find your glasses in no time.

12. If you forget someone's name, ask for their email address.

This won't work 100% of the time, but more often than not, their email will include their first and last name.
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This won't work 100% of the time, but more often than not, their email will include their first and last name.

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13. And if you and your significant other can NEVER decide where to eat, try the 5-2-1 game.

One partner gives five restaurants as options. The other person picks two of those restaurants, and the first person then chooses which one of those restaurants to go to.
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One partner gives five restaurants as options. The other person picks two of those restaurants, and the first person then chooses which one of those restaurants to go to.

H/T to r/LifeProTips for all of these great life hacks, plus many more!