Memory tricks you'll never forget.
Forgetting things is a sign of how busy we are. When we are not paying enough attention, the memories we form aren't very robust and we have a problem retrieving the information later.
The key is to get the brain in good shape. We exercise our bodies but what good is a great body if you don't have the mental capabilities to go with it ?. So we must train our brains too.
Of course you can write everything down, keep lists, leave electronic notes on your cell phone. But when you don't have access to those aids you must use your brain.
Here are some strategies to help you remember.
WHAT'S HIS NAME ?
When you are introduced to someone, try to really listen to the person's name. Then, picture the spelling. (“Is that Kathy with K or with C ?”).
Make a remark about the name to help lock it in and use the name a few times during the conversation and when you say goodbye.
Visualize the name.
Make the name meaningful. Look at the person, choose an outstanding feature and tie the name to the face. If the person has a big nose, picture a bent weather vane instead of his nose. The sillier the image, the better.
Create memorable associations.
If you want to remember that someone is a CEO (Chief Executive Officer), imagine him in front of a large building.
Cheat a little.
Supplement these tips with some more concrete actions. When you get a business card write down a few notes on the back of the card (red glasses, lives in …......) to help you out when you need a reminder.
WHERE DID I LEAVE MY GLASSES ?
Pay attention to what you are doing as you place your glasses on the table. Remind yourself for example : “I put my keys in my coat pocket” so you have a clear memory of doing it.
Make a habit.
Put a small basket on a side table. Train yourself to put your keys, glasses, cell phone or any other object you frequently use in this basket every time.
WHAT ELSE WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO TODAY ?
Start a ritual.
To remind yourself of a chore (for example go to the dry cleaner), give yourself an unusual physical reminder. See your bills on your desk won't necessarily remind you to pay them. But place a shoe or a fruit instead of the bills will make you spot the out-of-place object. You'll remember to do your task.
Use your body.
When you have no pen or paper and you are making a mental to-do list, remember it according to major body parts. Start at your feet and work your way up. So if you have to buy glue, dog food, broccoli, chicken, grapes and toothpaste, you might picture your foot stuck in glue, a dog on your knee looking for food, a stalk of broccoli out of your pants pockets, a chicken pecking at your belly button, a bunch of grapes hanging from your chest and a toothbruch in your mouth.
WHAT'S MY PASSWORD FOR THIS WEBSITE ?
Shape your numbers.
Assign a shape to each number : 0 (ball or ring), 1 (pen), 2 (swan), 3 (handcuffs), 4 (sailboat), 5 (pregnant woman), 6 (pipe), 7 (boomerang), 8 (snowman), 9 (tennis racket).
Try make images with these numbers.
5) THE WORD IS ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE.
Practice your ABC.
Say you just can't remember the name of that movie. Recite the alphabet aloud or in your head. When you get to the letter R it should trigger the name that is escaping you : Ratatouille. This trick works when taking tests too.
I JUST CAN'T MEMORIZE AYTHING ANYMORE.
Read it, type it, say it, hear it.
To memorize a speech, toast or test material, read your notes, then type them into the computer. Next, read them aloud and tape record them. Listen to the recording several times. As you work on memorizing, remember to turn off the TV.
MEMORY EXERCISE !!!
Give yourself a minute to study the list of words below.
Then write down as many of the words as you remember.
Give yourself one point for each correct word.
9 – 10 : Impressive.
7 – 8 : Great job. Keep up the good work.
5 – 6 : You are about average. Try again in a few days.
Lesser than 5 : Your memory needs a tune-up. Practise the tips on these pages to strengthen your skills.