Here’s why you can never remember if you locked your front door or switched off your straighteners

May 16, 2017



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Have you ever experience that moment where you never remember if you’ve locked the front door, switched off the iron or put your keys in your bag? Now, Science has discovered he explanation for that.

Why can’t we really remember whether we’ve done these simple yet vital everyday tasks that we have?

Experts say that you cannot really remember those things together with the commute home from work, or the walk to the station because you have completed those have-to tasks on autopilot.

The fact that you usually do them every day is one of the major reasons why you don’t have to think about them. When you don’t think about those things, you can’t recall whether you did them or not. Until the anxious part of your brain activates and questions whether you really did those stuffs.

Idriz Zogaj, Co-Founder at personal development and mental wellbeing app Remente said that, “The main reason why we forget small things, like if we locked the door, switched off the oven or the lights in the kitchen, is primarily because these are tasks that we complete on auto-pilot.”

He added, “You will lock your front door every day before you leave, but you will also do this while you are focused on making sure that you have everything you need, trying not to miss your bus and even probably worrying about the day ahead. Because you complete the task on autopilot, the brain doesn’t focus on it as much as the more pressing concerns, like being late for work.”

So, what can we do to be assured that we do the important tasks of our everyday life?

Zogai suggested that being mindful enough of the tasks that we do will make us remember those things. He said, “The best thing that you can do to prevent the forgetfulness is to be mindful and focus on each task that you perform to make sure that you don’t have to run back to check if your door is shut!”

Another suggestion that came from was every time you do your usual tasks, simultaneously do a clever act that will make you remember those tasks. One clever act that you can do is to do a crazy dance or announcing out loud that you’re locking the door. This may look weird for your neighbors but doing this will stop you being on autopilot and force you to think about what you’re actually doing.

So whenever you are bothered of the questions like “have I locked the door?”, “did I unplug the electric fan?”, or  “did I close the bathroom window?”,  you don’t have to go back and check, all you need to do is remember the silly dance that you did while doing such stuffs.