5 Ways to Boost Memory

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

 5 Easy Ways to Boost Memory
Little tricks to remember a lot.

  1. Stop taking notes.
Seriously. I know you think it’s good for you, and that you worry if you don’t write it down you won’t possibly remember it, but the very act of writing it down signals to your brain that it’s not important enough to remember. After all, why bother remembering when you can just look at that piece of paper later, right? Wrong.

2. Create a routine.
If you’re the type of person who has trouble remembering where you left things, you should probably designate a particular spot for things, and start leaving them there every time. When you create a routine, it’s must easier to retrace your steps and figure out where something you lost might be.

3. Exercise
I’m not talking about brain exercises (which have been proven to have little to no effect on brain improvement). I’m talking about actual exercise. The number one thing your brain needs to function is oxygen, and there’s no better way to get your blood flow and oxygen levels up than exercising. Plus, by keeping your body conditioned and healthy, your brain will have less to worry about and focus on which will boost it’s capacity to remember things.

4. Make connections.
Our brain is entirely subjective. We may like to think it has the ability to be objective and purely logical, but it doesn’t. How and why we remember things is entirely personal, no matter what. Therefore, the easiest way to make sure we remember things is to make them personal. It’s not that hard. Like if you want to remember that slope-intercept form can be found using the equation y = mx + b it might help to think of the equation linguistically. Such as why my ex plus a baby is a slippery slope of an interception. Or something like that.

5. Use your imagination.
Your brain remembers the subjective, and it also tends to remember the crazy, unordinary, and imaginative. Therefore, if you want to remember something like a grocery list, it might be helpful to associate the things on the list with something outrageous. Chickens in outer space for eggs? An ocean made of milk? Cottage cheese clouds? Stick butter that walks around on toothpick legs? I think you’ve got the dairy isle covered. :)

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