Managing yourself creatively

For a More Retentive Memory

If, like most people, your “forgettery” is better than your memory, you can probably profit from the results of recent research in the art of recall. Whether it’s important to you to remember names, dates, telephone numbers, facts or figures, the following tips can help you do a better job.

INTEND TO REMEMBER

The memory is like a computer, it needs concrete instructions. Thus, to remember a man’s name, “program” your memory. Don’t merely listen as he is introduced. Deliberately instruct your brain: “I must remember that this tall, thin fellow with the mustache is named Dr.Tyagi”.

BECOME GENUINELY INTERESTED

No boy really enthralled by baseball has trouble memorizing all the players’ batting averages. So “sell” yourself on the importance to you of the information you want to remember and watch it soak in! If necessary, occasionally remind yourself of the advantages of remembering it.

USE AS MANY SENSES AS POSSIBLE

For example, if you want to memorize the opening paragraphs of a speech you are to give, recite them aloud. You will be using your senses of sight and hearing, which reinforce each other.

MAKE ASSOCIATIONS WITH KNOWN FACTS

Every fact you already possess is a “hook” on which you can hand some new fact. For instance, if you know what Italy looks like on a map, you can remember the location of Sicily by picturing it as being kicked by the boot of Italy.

INVENT YOUR OWN ASSOCIATIONS

The more bizarre, the better. If you want to memorize the Shilong Address and the first letter of each sentence forms a code for you, fine. If you can compose a nonsense rhyme incorporating a telephone number you wish to remember, then do so.





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