3 No-Cost Tricks for Instant Memory Improvement
You’re having memory…what’s the word?…problems. And when you sometimes struggle to remember how you planned on finishing a sentence, you don’t need to add to your list of foods to buy or supplements to take each morning.
You need brain help, and you need it now. Then you want to forget about it and move on to your better-memory day.
Well, you’re in luck, because we have some free and instant tricks to get your memory working like it used to back in…whatever year that was. No equipment, nothing to ingest, and no special books or other material required. It’s all you and your brain, learning how to work together instead of tripping each other up.
1. Get Your Blood Pumping and the Memories Will Flow
If your think-box isn’t working right, it could be because your body hasn’t been working out. When you notice yourself having trouble remembering things, or reading the same sentence over and over without picking up the meaning, take a mental break and do a bit of cardio for 10-20 minutes. Even a minute of jumping jacks can be enough to kick your brain back in gear.
Making exercise a regular part of your day is recommended for other things, too, like, you know, basic overall health, so hey—maybe think about doing this regularly, before the memory problems start.
If you remember to get to it.
2. Be a Johnny Mnemonic, and Hardwire What You Need to Remember
OK, so you probably don’t want to race around with an overload of data in you brain that could end up frying your whole system (and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you definitely need to watch Johnny Mnemonic), but you can hardwire your memories with a lot less risk using simple mnemonic devices.
You might remember something like “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas”—a mnemonic for remembering the order of the planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto—and yes, Pluto is still a planet to some of us). You can use this trick to remember everything from an upcoming birthday (“WIFF” = “wife is forty Friday”) to a shopping list (“CABBOM” = “carrots, apples, bananas, bread, olives, milk”).
It might seem silly, but it really works. Really. Remember one word—or one creative sentence—and you’ve got a detailed task committed to memory.
3. Keep it Simple, Stupid
One of the major memory drains of the modern age is the monster of multi-tasking. While there is some research that suggests multitasking on two or maybe three things at a time can increase productivity—as long as none of them are actually mentally taxing—the fact is that you can’t really split your attention if you want to remember what that’s going on.
Stop and focus solely on the task at hand to get greater clarity from your memory. Take a breath, block out the distractions, and relax into the memories that are already there, just waiting for you to care enough to find them again (*sniffle*).