What did you have for dinner last night? How much did you pay for your last auto repair? Do you know all the names of your grandkids? Here are a few memory tricks and tips to help you to hang onto the things you don’t want to forget.
We keep lists of things to do, who to call, where to go and what to buy. However, to spark the memory banks we can try making lists of what we’ve already accomplished.
Try sitting down at the end of the day and make a list of what you ate that day. Jot down a list of people you spoke with and a couple sentences that describe your conversations. If you run errands, write those down with a few words to record what you did at each location.
When we sit down to concentrate, we may be surprised at how much we remember. And remember well. It’s when we’re caught off guard that our minds are sent into a flurry of search and retrieve.
If someone asked you the birthdates of each of your grandkids, you may stumble through your answer but if you purposely practiced writing down the days, once or twice a month, you may find yourself ready when asked in the checkout line.
The five senses meet the cell phone
Science says the more of our five senses, we use to process a thing, the greater the retention. If we jot something down, we’ve used our sense of touch–the pencil in our hand. Meanwhile, we’re watching with our sense of sight. If we read our notes aloud, we’ve included the sense of hearing.
Our cell phones are power-houses of memory right in our pockets. We can take snapshots of our day then visually, retrace each step in the evening. Each time we open a new picture, we can say aloud what was happening at that place or time of day.
If we’re lucky enough to have all our grandkids all in one place, we can line them up and take a photo from oldest to youngest. If we memorize the birth year of the oldest and youngest, chances are we can fill in the birth years in between.
The list is an all-time favorite to keep us moving forward but try it for looking backward, too. If the list is a very important one, tuck it away and refer to it often.