The Eureka Zone
The majority of lost objects are right where you figure—once you take a moment to stop and figure.
Others, however, are in the immediate vicinity of that place. They have undergone a displacement—a shift in location that, although minor, has served to render them invisible.
A pencil has rolled beneath a typewriter.
A tool has been shoved to the rear of a drawer.
A book on a shelf has gotten lodged behind other books.
A folder has been misfiled, several folders away from where it belongs.
Objects are apt to wander. I have found, though, that they tend to travel no more than eighteen inches from their original location. To the circle described by this eighteen-inch radius I have given a name. I call it the Eureka Zone. With the aid of a ruler (or a Eureka-Stik—click here for instructions on making one), determine the Eureka Zone of your lost object. Then explore it. Meticulously.
This is perhaps my most effective Principle.
Has it worked for you?
If so, congratulations—you’re a Finder! You have found your lost object, using my simple but amazing method. And now you may want a free copy of my book How to Find Lost Objects.
If not, move on to Principle Eleven.
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