Do you suffer from brain freezes? No, I’m not talking about when you eat ice cream too fast, I’m talking about when you forget where you put your keys! Here’s how to jog your memory, courtesy of Reader’s Digest.

  • Let’s tackle that key issue. If your morning routine consists of breakfast, the paper, and a frantic search for your keys, do this: Say out loud “I’m putting my keys on the kitchen counter.” This helps encode the memory in your brain, and you’ll have an easier time recalling their location later.
  • You can’t remember your grocery list. Instead of wandering the aisles aimlessly, hoping the items will jump out at you, try using mnemonic devices. A lot of us use “ROY G BIV” to remember the colors of the rainbow. You know, red, orange, yellow et cetera. So do the same type of thing with your grocery list. If you need sugar, apples, and milk, remember “SAM.” The mnemonic device should help jog your memory in the store.
  • You always forget to pay your bills. To avoid a mountain of late fees, give yourself an “unusual” reminder. For example, leaving the bills on your desk won’t help you remember them, because you’re used to seeing papers there. So instead, place a shoe or a baking pan near the stack of bills. Since these objects aren’t normally on your desk, you’ll be more likely to notice them – and that should jog your memory about the bills.
  • If you can’t remember the title of a movie or song, but it’s on the tip of your tongue. Try reciting the ABC’s. When you get to the first letter of the title, it should trigger the name that’s escaping you. So if you can’t remember the name of the movie with that cooking rodent, Ratatouille should come to you when you get to the letter “R”.