6 Everyday Habits of People with Impressive Memory
People endowed with a prodigious memory generally admit that they use various strategies to improve their ability. But even if you’re not a memory genius, these common sense strategies can help you forget less often.
It really is easier to find things if you always put them in the same place. For example, always hang your car keys on a hook or put them in the same place by the front door.
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Use your senses
If you have to put something in an unfamiliar place, say what you are doing out loud: “I am putting my sunglasses on the table by the door.” By letting your ears register the information, you increase your chances of remembering it later.
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Use Post-It notes
Keep some in every room and stick a reminder where you are most likely to see it. If you need to remember to phone a friend later in the day, put a note on the phone so that you will notice it during the day.
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Your cell phone comes with a built-in calendar you can set to remind you of what you need to do during the day. Use it to jog your memory about appointments.
If you can, do something while you’re thinking about it. If not, write it down and put it where you can see it, so you don’t forget about it.
Sleep on it
Health research indicates that most people need six to eight hours of sleep (that’s at least two cycles of deep sleep) per night, for their brain to go through the chemical changes needed to integrate new skills or facts into long-term memory.
Originally published as 6 Everyday Habits of People with Impressive Memory on ReadersDigest.com.