Improving your memory doesn’t have to be a difficult process. It is about learning how your brain works best and using this knowledge to your advantage. You don’t have to change your brain’s memory systems.
To get you started, here are 10 (+ 2) powerful memory improvement tips. Unlike suggestions like “eat more choline,” most of the memory techniques below take just a few minutes of practice to have an effect, yet will help you to remember almost anything when you want to.
Improving your memory power for all kinds of information is easy, if you understand how information actually becomes a memory.
THE FIRST CRUCIAL STEP IS ATTENTION
Whether you want to memorize the important parts of a book, TV documentary or lecture, remember a person’s name, a password, a shopping list, or the key points of a presentation you want to give, you always have to make some information entering your eyes, ears, or nose a memory. To do this, you have to pay attention to the information for long enough so that it actually has the chance of becoming a memory.
Have you ever forgotten where you put your key, parked your car, or whether you switched off the stove after frying your bacon? If you are like most people, you haven’t really forgotten this information, you just didn’t pay attention while putting down your key or operating that switch. You did it on autopilot, so you never committed it to memory in the first place.
The solution for this kind of “forgetting” is easy: