Most of us can think back to a time where we’ve forgotten our umbrella. It never gets any less annoying
when you’re walking home in a deluge. Luckily, we’ve come up with some excellent ways to trick
yourself into not forgetting your umbrella — so next time the heavens choose to open, you’re sheltered
and not swamped by the time you get to work!
No more cheap umbrellas
Most of us rely on cheap umbrellas mainly for convenience. However, cheap umbrellas remove any
value from your brolly. This makes it seem like a disposable item, something that you’d throw away as
readily as a plastic bottle. Put some pride back into your brolly and invest in a quality product – such as a
clear umbrella – or choose the perfect colour to suit your style and a shape that you feel gives you the
best coverage. By simply spending a bit more, you are committing to an umbrella and this will pay off in
the long run. When you detach the idea of an umbrella as being easily replaceable, you will hold onto
yours for longer.
Although one of the most surprising techniques, mind games can actually stop you forgetting your
brolly. There is a mental exercise, one study has found, which could help to reduce the likelihood that
you’ll get caught out in a storm. When you check the weather forecast and rain is on the cards, visualise
the image of an umbrella getting jammed shut in your front door. When practiced frequently, it has
been found to create a psychological prompt for picking up an umbrella before leaving the house, as
strange as it might sound! The way it works is based on the action of both objects being involved in one
movement, combine the two and look… You’ve pulled out your umbrella just as the first few drops of
rain hit the pavement! Give it a go and tell us how you get on.
We often forget or lose our umbrellas, because it is too easy to simply pick an umbrella from a bargain
store when it is looking gloomy outside. By having a designated place for an umbrella that is a little more
expensive, but will last a lifetime, you can build an association of it to improve the habit of picking it up
from the allocated space. One of the most common places to have an umbrella ready and waiting to be
picked up is by the front door, or in a porch. This tactical placing can build a habit of picking a brolly up
as soon as you are about to leave the house, and if you commit to dropping the umbrella off here, then
you can avoid any mishaps.
By following these tips you can avoid that sense of disappointment from reaching into your bag only to
find you’ve forgotten your umbrella. Never be without your treasured brolly, and stay dry even on
the dampest of days!