How Do I Stop Losing Things?

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Let’s talk about simple ways to save time and energy. And since “Time is Money” we will also be saving money. Oh, and saving your sanity. You can never have enough sanity.

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Hi I’m Rick Green and I want to know how to solve two challenges at once.

The first challenge is I want to stop screaming
I had it in my hand a minute ago, it being the stuff I use every day; phone, keys, wallet, scissors.

The second challenge, I want to stop wondering where are my spare glasses? Or where’s the tape measure or my blood work form, you know, the things I don’t use every day, or the things that go into seasonal hibernation; winter boots, summer shorts, car battery charger which we need right now, where is it? and I’m running all over the place. I want that to end and I want to know how to make it stop.

All right let’s look at these two big time wasters. I’m out to conquer them because I don’t have time to waste and the reason I don’t have time to waste is that up until now I have wasted a lot of time.

The question: Where is the thing I was holding 10 seconds ago, or where is the stuff that we packed away for the summer, or for the rainy day?

The answer is not to work on my memory, yes we will look at short-term memory and long-term memory and how to improve it in other videos, but I have found through decades of hard work and personal experience that doesn’t help me in the moment with the stuff that should be a no-brainer, the stuff that I shouldn’t have to worry about remembering.

I don’t need to work on my memory to find my toothbrush every day, that’s not the challenge; this is about the stuff I lose all the time. The answer actually is prevention, prevention.

Let me explain, years ago when I was giving a presentation on how to present a great presentation, it was for demonstrators at a science museum and at some point one person asked um how do you get the audience back again after you’ve lost their attention? The answer is something that I had learned when I was practicing to become a world-class magician, which eventually I did not become, and I said the secret to getting the audience’s attention back is don’t lose it in the first place, right?

Direct their attention or in magic it’s called misdirection in fact a horse ran through, you didn’t even see it you’re so focused on me. Amazing but if I don’t use a number of tools and tricks and practices to distract your attention
[Video Clip of Rick doing magic in slow motion]
then not so amazing, you know where it is. Am I getting off topic here? Probably.

So the secret to not misplacing things is to have a place for it, that way you avoid the “what happened to the hand sanitizer? I had it in my pocket, where is it?” and then I find it upstairs in the bathroom and I haven’t been to the upstairs bathroom all day, but apparently…

You may have asked other people friends or family honey where is my purse, or honey where is the remote for the TV, honey where are the batteries for the remote for the TV, or honey where do we keep the flashlight?

Well here’s a less common question one that I’ve never even asked ever, honey where is the cutlery? Where do you think it is? In the cutlery drawer, where it always is.

Now think about that “where it always is”, where it always is, oh can you imagine, can you imagine where’s the cutlery? Where it always is!
In fact you could come to our house, I wouldn’t bother it’s a bit of a mess now and look at all the drawers that we have in every room and I bet you could pick out the cutlery drawer on your first guess. You’d probably go to the kitchen right? Good, good, top drawer by the stove, voila! You’re right, the cutlery drawer, you found it.

If I came to your place I could figure out where you keep your cutlery and utensils in two or three guesses tops, whereas if I had to guess where you keep your earrings, or note paper, or place mats, candles, shoe polish, actually I know where we keep our shoe polish.

For a long time I did not have a place for things, no foam drawer, or wallet shelf, a key tray or a drawer specifically for my Fitbit and the charger, the list of excuses as to why I didn’t exercise today.

Having a cutlery drawer saves valuable time, searching the whole kitchen or even the whole house every time you need a spoon? I mean really?? Check the bathroom, oh look in the broom closet, where are my socks? Check the china cabinet, and then… Dumb. Right?

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