11/12/2014 08:18 am ET Updated Nov 12, 2014

How To Boost Your Practical Memory (And Stop Losing Your Keys)

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When you know how to use it, nothing works more efficiently than your own memory, even if you think your memory is lacking. An average memory is a lot more powerful than you think, and there are steps to tapping into your memory's power, and using it to your advantage in everyday life.

If you think a world where you don't need to consult your to-do list to remember simple things doesn't exist, think again. The problem isn't that your memory isn't powerful enough, it's that you don't use it effectively. In fact, World Memory Champions, who have to memorize hundreds to thousands of words, playing cards, and numbers, often say they have an average memory, and just know how to use it. Using tactics from some of the world's most powerful mnemonists, and a little Psychology 101, here's how you can stop forgetting your keys without any help and remember some other practical things too.

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