The ANKR was designed to keep you from misplacing or forgetting your important stuff. These tips might help too.
More often than not, when we “lose” something, we’re just misplacing it — dropping keys behind the couch, leaving wallets somewhere in the office. It’s garden-variety forgetfulness, and it’s what we designed the ANKR to combat. We give you a little digital nudge before you walk out without your gym bag, or make the keychain in your couch cushions call out to you.
We like to think ANKR can solve all your forgetfulness issues, but we also know that you can’t clip an ANKR on everything. So here, to complement your ANKRs, a few tips we’ve picked up from doctors and scientists and studies that should help train your brain to retain more, and lose less.
Obvious enough, but the Mayo Clinic espouses the virtues of getting organized — keeping a planner, making lists, setting up a specific place that you put your necessaries (wallet/keys/etc.) every day. Part of what helps here is the simple act of being intentional: “I’m buying this bowl and putting it on this shelf for my keys.” It leads you toward a routine, and routine keeps you from getting scattered. Simple but effective.
It might seem like a stretch to associate losing your wallet less with using the gym more, but studies back it up — getting your blood pumping via aerobic exercise improves cognitive function.
GET MORE SLEEP
One professor of sleep medicine posited that sleep loss can stunt your brain’s ability to hold onto new memories. Inc. magazine describes the effect in an easy-to-get way: It’s like updating or adding software to your computer — you need a reboot for changes to come online. Same with your brain; rest gives you a chance to reboot and sort new information. Without the reboot, things can get garbled. It’s not always easy to get a full eight hours, but if we don’t put emphasis on getting more sleep, we tend to have to deal with the fallout (like forgetting stuff).
World Memory Championships winner Alex Mullen recommends creating pictures that make things you need to recall more vivid. Like picturing sitting in a sweltering waiting room to help you remember your mid-July doctor’s appointment, or visualizing the nearby light post falling on your car to help you remember where you parked. Seems to help him, at least — the guy can recall and recite a list of 3,000 random digits.
QUIT ALL THE MULTI-TASKING
Studies keep pointing out our cultural shift toward multitasking as a contributor to forgetfulness. It makes sense — when our focus is split between six different things, naturally stuff’s going to fall through the cracks. Making a point of concentrating on one thing (and maybe setting the phone down a little more) helps us retain more, and lose less.
All things seem to trace back to what we eat. Some studies say that laying off the carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners can have an effect on how scatterbrain-y we feel. Vegetables, good fats, B vitamins from leafy greens and legumes… it’s all supposed to help. More fun: A little coffee and red wine is said to do some brain-retention good too.
Hope these tips give you a little food for forgetfulness thought. For all the more tangible things in your life — keys and wallets to glasses cases and camera bags — ANKR can help. Drop by the ANKR shop to explore options.