Scientific inquiry is wonderful. The mystery of the brain and memory's intricacies are endlessly captivating. However, most days, it feels like a victory to remember when you last showered, and if that means you can sleep an extra 10 minutes.
That's why this new study is of particular interest. The research says that follow-through on daily tasks may be improved by linking those tasks to physical objects that will be encountered at the right time to spur action.
The research showed that having a visual cue in a place where the to-do item can be enacted causes a higher rate of recollection and execution than instances of the task being executed in the absence of a visual cue. TL;DR: leave a post-it by the garbage, and you'll remember to take out the garbage.