Remember your Keys

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  • An addition to the "Don't close the door without your keys in your hand": Fifteen years ago, I went through a phase where I was repeatedly locking my keys in my car or locking myself out of the house. My solution was to toss my keys out the door onto the porch as I left. The clunk of the keys on the porch became a lizard-brain prerequisite for me walking through the door. With the car, I'd either drop them on the ground as I got out of the car or verify that I was looking at them before closing the door. I still can't easily close a car door without my lizard brain insisting on hearing my keys jingle in my hand as I do it.
    • I got into the habit of shaking my key ring as soon as I get out of the car. The auditory cue has now become ingrained to the point that I notice it whenever I don't hear the jingly sound, and am reminded to get my keys from the ignition. Djwalker 11:03, 10 May 2005 (EDT)
    • I never use any lock that doesn't require that I be holding the key to lock it: I only use deadbolts on my house, and I lock the car with the key.
  • I came up with a different solution... I attached my keys to my bag. It's practically impossible not to notice the lack of weight on my shoulders, so I never forget the bag. Of course, this solution is probably only going to work if your bag is relatively light, otherwise lifting it up to the door lock will probably be a problem.
  • A counterintuitive solution: If you keep your wallet or keys in your bag, try totally unpacking the bag each night, creating a permanent and visible place at home for important items like your wallet, keys, or phone. By forcing yourself to repack all your essential items each day, you'll quickly get in the habit of always bringing your keys and other essentials, because they'll naturally be the first things you put in your empty bag each morning. Repacking the bag becomes a physical check list. This also helps you to avoid an overly heavy bag, because you'll only pack something if you really need it that day.
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