Most people don’t spend a lot of time looking for glasses, shoes or keys. They know exactly where they are. But when it comes to finding things that we don’t use very everyday – like nail cutters, pens, check books, or appliance manuals – we may waste a few minutes looking in five different places before we find it.
To avoid wasting that time, next time onwards make sure that you put these items in the first place you looked for it. For example, when I wanted a pen yesterday, I went to look in a box where I expected to find it. There was no pen there. I found one eventually. When I was done using that pen, I put it in the box where I first looked for it. My brain looks like it is wired to look in that box first. So that is where it should belong.