Your plan is to visit the office on the weekend to do some last-minute preparation for your big meeting on Monday, but when you go to unlock the door, you realize your work keys are nowhere to be found. On one hand, you might be nervous to share the news with your manager who will likely have to to arrange for a locksmith, like the ones at Irvine Lock & Key, to change the building's locks. On the other hand, it's valuable to use this unfortunate moment as a learning experience. Don't just pledge to never lose your keys again -- take a series of simple steps to ensure you don't repeat this mistake. Here are some ideas that can help you.
Give The Keys A Home
An easy-to-implement simple strategy that can help you avoid losing your work keys in the future is to specifically designate a short list of homes for them and then commit to never placing the keys anywhere but in these locations. For example, when you're at work, hang them on a hefty push pin on the bottom corner of your cork board. At home, clip them to a carabiner that you've hung from your coat rack. When you're in neither location, keep the keys in your left hip pocket, for example. By adopting this approach, you ensure that when you need to look for your keys, they're guaranteed to be in one location on a very short list.
Make grabbing your work keys part of a regular daily routine and you'll find that you'll forget about them -- and risk losing them -- far less easily. Set a pattern that works for you; perhaps you grab the keys immediately before you leave for work in the morning and place them in your pocket. When you arrive at work, establish a routine of hanging them on your cork board at the same time that you turn on your computer.
Rely On Technology
Although you shouldn't completely rely on technology to keep track of your keys, this strategy can be helpful in addition to the above ideas. Many companies sell key rings that contain an electronic chip that links to a remote control. When you can't track down your keys, you simply press a button on the remote and the key ring will make a sound. Other products' key rings link with an app on your smartphone to allow you to geographically track the keys' location.