Even if you make checklists or use a to-do app, it can be tough to remember everything you’re supposed to get done in a day. Next time, try drawing pictures to represent your tasks. A new study found that participants were more likely to remember things when they drew them. Researchers think this is because when you draw something, you have to think about its characteristics (how big is it, its shape, etc.) and use your motor skills to produce an image (as opposed to quickly jotting something down). In other words, you spend more time and effort encoding it into your memory.

Whether you actually cross things off your list is another story, but this way you’ll at least keep your to-dos top of mind. Plus the whole adult coloring thing is pretty trendy right now.

(h/t The Science of Us)