5 Ways To Boost Your Memory
- by Murdo Macleod
Have you ever imagined benefits a good memory can bring you?
Being able to remember important pieces of information - like names, facts and figures, directions, procedures, quotations - can give you a powerful advantage in life.
In fact, ability to retain and retrieve information is essential to your personal and professional success.
Here are five ways to boost your memory and keep it razor sharp:
1. Use Your Imagination
An easy way to remember something is to "take a picture".
For example, to remember where you've left your car keys, pretend to hold a camera to your eyes, focus on scene, and click image into your memory when you are leaving.
Then, when you want to find your keys again, try to develop negative into positive and you'll be able to draw out a clear picture.
This technique works with almost everything you want to remember, as film reel in your mind is endless.
Another trick you can use is to "think like a poet". Make up rhymes to recall ideas and construct simple-to-remember acronyms to record key phrases.
Remembering is EASY (Every Acronym Saves You) when you DIY (Do It Yourself).
Let's say you want to memorize planets in their order from Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Then just say "My Very Excellent Mom Just Served Us Nice Pickles".
You can boost your memory with just a little regular practice. There are lots of ways of doing this:
Try to remember which day of week your last birthday was. Then extend this to birthdays of all your family members.
Try to remember all Grand Slam Finalists and who was winner. If you can try to remember scores as well, it would be an even better exercise.
Try to remember names of all 50 States and see if you can do it in alphabetic order too.
It won't be long before your daily practice pays off - making your mind sharper and more adaptable.
3. Eat Healthy
The best way to protect your memory is to eat plenty of antioxidants and nutrients commonly found in fruits and vegetables.