The other day, as I walked to work, I had a little panic: what is the door code to get into the office? And then the door code for the boys’ preschool popped into my head. Was the code the same? Why had I not noticed that? No, it couldn’t possibly be the same. Don’t think about numbers, don’t think abut numbers, and then just type it when you get there. Don’t think about numbers, don’t think about numbers, don’t think about numbers…
So, of course, all my brain could think of was all of the other many, many pin codes that I have.
I tried not thinking and just typing in what the number could be two or three times, but it didn’t work. The security guard let me in, checked my ID and then told me what my pin code was. It was the same four numbers as in the door code for the preschool, just transposed.
But it started me thinking and I made a list of all the things I have a pin code for:
- Bank card
- Two credit cards
- Lunch card
- Front door at home
- Street door for preschool
- Inside door for preschool
- Door code for work
- Library card
That’s nine different pin codes, just for the things that I use regularly. It’s no wonder that I forget them from time to time…
I try and find things to associate with the numbers – for example, someone’s year of birth or age – but it hard to do that two times for each of these nine different pin codes. I’ve seen other suggestions where you memorise another four digit code and then subtract that from your pin code and write the answer down. Then when you need to use the pin code, you add the number back to your one memorised four-digit code and there’s your pin code for you. Not for me – that involves maths and extra bits of paper in my wallet.
What tips do you have for remembering all your pin codes? Any surefire tips that work for you?