Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car? Why do you think that happened?
I was watching a show on memory and the host said that anyone’s memory can improve. When they showed one technique, I realized that a lot of what they were talking about was paying close attention. When you are in the moment, only then can you pay close attention to what is happening around you.
Focus on where you are in the moment.
Think about it. When you are parking the car, you are already thinking about what you need to do next and you are on your way, before even looking at markers that will tell you where your car is.
Try this the next time you park your car:
- Get out of the car
- Take a breath
- Look around and find something that will remind you where you are parked and bring your focus to that reminder for a few seconds. (Please do not use another car!)
- Walk toward you destination and notice where you are and what you are passing as you do this.
- If you are taking an elevator from a parking deck, notice which side the elevators are on, so you will know where to go when you are leaving.
You can use this technique throughout your day. The key is to be present with what you are doing at that moment. It takes time to make this shift, so start with easy things, like the car or your coffee cup.
Let me know in the comments below if this worked for you. If it didn’t, what do you think happened?