Right! Where did I put my car keys? Why did I walk into the bedroom? What was I doing 30 minutes ago? What are the names of my friends? Sound familiar? Well you’re not the only one to forget simple everyday things. We all forget sometimes, some more than others. Don’t worry, you’re not ill, you’re not turning into some zombie who walks round with a vacant look trying to remember where you are going. Can it be cured? Is “cured” the right word? Well it can! There are loads of things you can do to “train” your memory. Quite soon you’ll find that never again will you forget where you put the car keys or forget phone numbers or shopping lists.
It’s not difficult to improve your memory. What it does take is commitment and dedication. You need to want to improve and you can do it on your own, without the need to pay anybody for help. As an example you can, in the time taken to read this article, see improvement quite quickly. The education starts here all you need to do is to read and follow. Just relax, make sure you have enough time to read everything without interruption. By the end of this article you will have a much better memory guaranteed. Ok. Are you sitting comfortably? Lets get that grey matter working.
Tip #1: Rhyming Association
Your mind is programmed to remember poetic words and phrases more than ordinary everyday words. I’ll bet you can remember poems or songs from years ago. An example I used in one of my earlier articles concerned Henry V111, his six wives and the fate that befell them. Their fate was thus:
Divorced, Beheaded, Died. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.
That’s their fate in the order he married them. Nice ring to it, don’t you think? Keep repeating it and you’ll never forget. For some reason rhymes and tunes seem to get stuck in your subconscious. Try and block the memory of some catchy jingle you hear on the radio or television. The harder you try the more it becomes ingrained. How many times have you said”I can’t get that song out of my head”? Rhyming words seem to flow making them and the surrounding words easier to remember. How many times have you been introduced to someone and a few minutes later been hard pushed to remember their names? If you associate their name with a rhyme it becomes easier to remember.
If someone is called Phil(rhymes with pill)imagine him taking pills. Writhing about in agony after taking too many. (I have touched on another facet of memory training here comic visualisation-more on this later). Just whisper these rhymes to yourself over and over till they are ingrained in your memory. You can also associate rhyme with remembering everyday items. Imagine going shopping and you have to get Bread Milk, Butter and Eggs.
“Milk and butter, makes me flutter, eggs and bread, hard to spread. “Rhyme, repeat and remember. The 3 “R”s. Practise and more practise.
Tip #2: Alphabetical Association
If you need to remember a short list, such as for groceries, try making up a sentence where each word begins with a corresponding letter of the alphabet. You could also try the Alphabetical System of Remembering. If on your shopping list was Potatoes, Milk, Bread and Eggs. Take the first letter of each word and make a sentence up. For example “Pull(Potatoes) My(Milk) Big(Bread) Ears(Eggs). Rediculous? Yes, but it works. One of the reasons that this works is because simple sentences always have a subject and a verb, and usually an adverb or two as well. By putting your words into a sentence, therefore, you know when you’re missing an item if you have no verb (in this sentence, it’s “Pulls”) or no subject (“Big Ears”). Try it for yourself. You will be surprised.
Tip #3: Learn To Concentrate.
Simple but true. Lack of concentration is one of the main liabilities in helping to remember. There are two areas in our brain called “short term memory “and “long term memory”. You need to concentrate for about 20 seconds for the brain to move the subject from short term to long term. For complicated things it could take even longer. It’s a good thing in a way that we do not instantly store every bit of information that we come across. Imagine all the things that happen to you everyday. The brain is vast, but not that vast! We just need to keep thinking about a piece of information and the more we think about it the more it becomes ingrained. There are too many distractions every day. That’s why in say, social occasions, remembering names becomes hard, because there is too much going on and you are thinking about other things like “getting another drink” or “She’s(He’s) nice.
I was at a party with my wife(her firms Xmas do). This was the first time I had met any of her colleagues. She introduced me a director. She said”This is Martin. He is Director of Finance he’s worked here for twenty years. He used to work in another depot but moved here because his wife got a new job and his children had left home. “Now normally I would have been able to remember that, but at that moment a particularly pretty girl walked by. “What was his name again”? Just too much information. Not concentrating and committing to memory for a few seconds what you hear causes your brain to dismiss it. You need to give it time to move it from short to long term memory. You have to practise visualising what you are trying to remember. When meeting people repeat their names to yourself. Shut out all other distractions.
So there you have it. Seven seconds of work, and your memory has probably already improved. These are not difficult tricks or overwhelming steps for anyone; but if you put these tips into practice, you’re sure to be able to remember anything and everything with ease! In a nutshell that is it. It just takes a few seconds to commit to memory and once their not forgotten. The procedures outlined above are not difficult but, as with anything else, it just takes practise.