Each and every one of us has unlimited memory capacity. Storage is not the issue here because our brains can hold everything and then some. The problem is recall, accessing the information in our brain. Not only recall is hard but it also affects how the people around us perceive us. The people who remember details, dates or names, we think about them as smart, organized and someone who we want to do business with. The persons who constantly apologizes for not remembering a name or recall info incorrectly is the ones we think that are less smart or don’t want to partner with. Memory matters a lot in our world. If your memory is good then you’re very lucky. But for those who are struggling do a little bit of effort and you can improve it. Try these tips to enhance and help boost your memory.
Convert words to images
This important tip works for two reasons. First, new naturally remember visual cues better compared to words. Second, the more senses that we can involve in learning and storing information, the better we can be able to recall it. For example, if you need to submit a proposal to a client next morning at 9a.m. You must commit your task to your memory by visualizing your proposal like a stack of papers on top of an alarm clock that reads 9a.m. The trick here is to make the image more realistic.
If you use rote memorization, you will probably top out on remembering just three items. This is fine if your dinner only contains three ingredients and recipes or your daily to-do list has only three tasks on it. But most of us live in a more complex life than that.
Acronyms like HOMES and sentences like Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally can help you remember things like names of lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior) and the mathematical order of operations (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction).
Work on names
If you remember a new colleague’s name then you demonstrate to that person that he or she is important to you. And if you don’t remember names, then you appear more careless. It is vital to spend some time creating a specific framework to help you remember names. There are more or less 30 female first names and 30 male first names that are used by the vast majority of people in the UK. Try making a list and come up with a picture associated for each of the names.
Can putting these tips to work give you the superpower to become the memory man? Of course it can’t, but you can strikingly improve your memory and the ways on how you are perceived by your friends, colleagues and clients. Follow these tips by Susan Greenfield; give them a lot of effort and you will reap the benefits in no time.