We’ve all had that senior moment where we’re about to do something, and then we walk into the room or open up our computer and think, “…what was it I was going to do again?”. If you’re anything like the Achievers we talk to, this happens more than we care to admit. This could be because of the stress of thinking of 27 things at once, we’re distracted by something, or we can’t remember.

One of the best ways to re-remember what you were doing or want to do is retrace your exact steps. It’s a cliche for a reason, and it works, so when we say exact, we mean exact. Your brain recollects what you intended, which is different than recognition, which requires you to call forth knowledge rather than realize it. Think of a multiple-choice versus a fill-in-the-blank test, which would you rather take? Most would choose the multiple choice because you pick from a selection that can prompt your mind instead of recalling the answer from memory (or making something up when that fails).

By retracing our steps and re-doing actions as closely as we can, we prompt our minds to remember what we were originally thinking of when we first thought of what we wanted to do. The next time you’re about to look something up on YouTube and can’t remember what you wanted to look up, go back to the funny cat video you were watching just before, and it should come right back to you.