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Quick Memory Tricks

By Edited Jan 30, 2016 0 0

Whether you would like to recall the name of a new business contact, mentally file away the name of a have-to-read book you just heard about, or forever tattoo a vital bit of info in your brain, there are some tricks to gaining better power to store and recall information. Here are a few of the most-forgotten things and the way to remember them:

Remembering a New Acquaintance's Name -  Having a business dinner and wish to impress your boss with your capability to remember her husband's name? Immediately repeat it when you are introduced, such as, "William, it's great to meet you." After that, use his name a few times more quickly, maybe by introducing him to someone else ("Sally, meet William, Harriet's husband."). Then think of some distinct physical feature or personality trait that starts with the same letter as his name, the more distinct, the better ('Winking William" or "William Waste Management" are great examples). Once you get home, write the name down with any items of information you are able to recall (writing by hand generally helps to cement the thoughts better than inputting them into a computer).

Recalling a Book Title - Information can be retrieved when you have a good enough head start, such as a few words of a title or perhaps the author's surname, remembering just a key word or two is enough. Come up with a distinctive link involving the title and the place you noticed it, or the person who told you about it, or make a word picture in your mind. For example, if your friend tells you that you must grab a copy of "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese, you could think, "Carrie Cutting," or make a mind picture of Abraham Lincoln cutting the grass.

Remembering Your PIN Number or Password - The main element to remembering numbers for the long-term would be to select a number that has some value. Security experts warn against making use of common numbers such as your birthday, but you can select less-obvious combos like your zip code combined with your birth year. You could make the password unique for each site you visit by adding the first letter of the website; for example, your password for Amazon might be 95030213A, whilst your password for Bank of America would be 95030213B.

Remembering The Place You Left Your Keys (or Your Wallet or Your Mobile Phone?) - Experts have calculated that we waste an hour or so a day (or even more) looking for missing items. That's greater than ten full days of our lives each year! Why not make the human inclination for being creatures of habit work in your favor; make it a routine to always put your keys, cell phone, etc., in the same position. Purposely place the items in their appointed place any time you come into the house, and actually say out loud to yourself, "I am putting my cell phone on my desk," or, "I am leaving my on top of the dresser." The combination of movement with audio keys will help cement the placement in your brain.

While it's normal to forget about things, by paying more mindful attention to your actions and how you're storing information inside your brain, you may make recalling that details faster and easier, making life slightly less difficult!

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