I Can’t Remember Why I…

Do you find yourself….
…walking into a room and forgetting why you went in there?
…opening the refrigerator and thinking “I can’t remember why I went to the fridge?”

You’re not alone. We all do it — many times! Here are some ideas from fellow speaker and memory expert Bob Gray to help you the next time it happens.

I Can’t Remember Why I…

I can’t remember why I…

Have you found that by retracing your steps and going back to the original place where the thought occurred, helps you to remember? This is called reintegration, by reinstating the original conditions of when the memory was formed; we are better able to recall the original thought. We tend to forget when trying to recall something in circumstances different from those in which we learned it. So retracing your steps to the original spot where the thought took place often enhances your memory.


To avoid retracing your steps, you need to form a crazy association between the thing we wish to remember, the book upstairs on the bedside table or the half finished apple pie, and the thing we already know, the stairs, which we know we will be walking up, or the refrigerator, which we know we will be opening. So we combine the two in a crazy union….simply imagine walking up the stairs and they are covered with gigantic beautifully leather bound tomes, perhaps tripping you up as you fight your way past them, or visualize opening the refrigerator door and a huge apple pie flies out and hits you in the face or see hundreds of apple pies doing the same thing.

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The next time you start on your way to the fridge, another room, or up the stairs, use a crazy visual association. You may just have prevented the “I can’t remember why I …” dilemma — and saved yourself time and aggravation. You’ll be impressed with your memory too.

What do you think of Bob’s suggestions? We welcome your comments below.


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