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Friday, April 28, 2006

How to Find Lost Objects

We've all done it, laid something down and couldn't find it a few minutes later. Where do those things go? I've laid things down and have never found them.

There's an online book written by Professor Solomon that outlines twelve Principles that will help you find these items, and it gives tips on how to keep from losing them again. The book is online so you won't be able to lose it! Here's just a sample of what you'll find:

Principle Ten: The Eureka Zone

The majority of lost objects are right where you figure-once you take a moment to stop and figure. Others, however, are in the immediate vicinity of that place. They have undergone a displacement-a shift in location that, although minor, has served to render them invisible. Some examples:

A pencil has rolled beneath a typewriter.
A tool has been shoved to the rear of a drawer.
A book on a shelf has gotten lodged behind other books.
A folder has been misfiled, several folders away from where it belongs.

Objects are apt to wander. I have found, though, that they tend to travel no more than eighteen inches from their original location. To the circle described by this eighteen-inch radius I have given a name. I call it the Eureka Zone. With the aid of a ruler, determine the Eureka Zone of your lost object. Then explore it. Meticulously.

Click this link to read this online book and find those lost items.

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