Organize your Brain – Remembering what was on your shopping list

Do you ever find yourself making a list of just a “few things” you need to pick up at the store, but when you get to the store you’ve forgotten to bring the list?

Here’s a simple trick to help you remember.
When your list is complete, review the list and count the number of items that are on the list.

When you get to the store, if you’ve forgotten your list, you’ll find that if you look into your basket, and count the items, it will be easy to remember what you’re missing, if anything.
Conversly, for some reason, it’s simple for your brain to identify things that weren’t on your list.  So when you’re counting the items, your brain, will say, “that wasn’t on the list.”
I don’t know why it works, but it does.  (I’m not claiming any scientific research, just personal experience.)

Try it the next time you go shopping.

  1. Make a list, count the items on the list, put the list in your handbag, or pocket.
  2. Try shopping by the numbers.
  3. Just before you get in the checkout line, count the items in your basket, if you’ve got the right number pull out your list and verify that you’ve got the right items.

I use this trick for 10 items or less, but now that I’m blogging about it, I may try to “up the ante.”
Give it a try and let me know how you do.  Maybe we’ll ge a little “memory challenge” going!

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