When it comes to grocery shopping, we’ve all been faced with a situation where we can’t write down our list and have to rely on our memory during our shopping trip. But when faced with a list of unrelated, uncommon items, it’s easy to leave the grocery store forgetting a few items—especially when the list is longer than just milk and eggs.
In order to remember lists like this, it’s essential to use your imagination! Even though we’re not kids anymore, we can still have fun with words—and use them to help us remember things in our adult years.
Let’s say, for example, you have four things on your list: Parmesan cheese, egg noodles, croutons and corn dogs. Even though these items typically aren’t related, you can create a funny story or image in your mind to help you remember them. For example, you can picture the crouton walking its “corn dog” in the snow, or in this case, Parmesan cheese, when he slips on an egg noodle on the ground. Using this image, or creating a story using these items, can help improve your memorization of the items that you need to buy at the grocery store.
It may seem silly, but that’s the point—the stranger it is, the easier it will be for you to remember. And it will be harder to forget something on the list if you take these steps to improve your memorization techniques. A little imagination can go a long way!