April 04, 2011 12:00 PM

>Before competing in the USA Memory Championship, Moonwalking with Einstein author Joshua Foer learned to supercharge his recall. How you can too:

1 Use graphic images, the weirder the better. If you want to remember cottage cheese on your shopping list, imagine Claudia Schiffer taking a bath in cottage cheese.

2 Imagine walking through a place you know well, like your childhood home, and putting things from your to-do list around. Walk through again and you can see them!

3 Just pay attention. If you’re the kind of person who treats everything like you’re just putting down your keys, that’s a recipe for living forgetfully.

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