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Who Needs a Day Planner?

Who Needs a Day Planner? 

In our last issue, we posted a lengthy article about the lifecycle of a coupon. This month, I'd like to present a memory enhancement for your head. 

We hear lots of cell phones ringing in the grocery stores these days. Poor men, like myself, get calls from their partners asking to bring home additional items. If the list gets too long I forget some of it. To help, I use a mnemonic device which was taught to us in Psychology 101. It's like music and poetry. How many teenagers can or want to memorize poetry? Just add a catchy tune and, well, most teens mind's are full of verse.

One is a bun.

Two is a shoe.

Three is a tree.

Four is a door.

Five is a hive.

Six is a stick.

Seven is heaven.

Eight is a gate.

Nine is a mine.

Ten is a hen.

So, my wife calls me in the store and asks me to get a jar of honey, diapers, apples, etc. Having the little rhyme easily memorized, I map the list to the rhyme. One is a bun. I imagine honey poured on the buns (honey buns). I've created in my mind an image. Two is a shoe. I imagine (OK, it's personal but it works) excrement running down a toddler's leg in to their shoe. They needed a diaper. Three is a tree. I imagine the apples on a tree. And so forth.

It's a simple matter to memorize the rhyme. Then, whenever you need to memorize something, associate rhyme and list images in your mind. It's amazing how well it works. You can expand the concept with other mnemonic techniques. Do an online search on the topic. If you have trouble with names, and you get introduced to someone named Mike, maybe you see that his hairline has a widows peak and forms an M. We don't have to be lost without our planners.

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