Memory is something remembered from the past such as a recollection. From this description, honestly, ask yourself. How good is your memory?
Robert Louis Stevenson says, “I’ve got a good memory for forgetting.”
“Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.”–Marcus Tullius Cicero
There are many memory techniques that work well, but you’ll forget them when you need them most – unless you make using them a habit. Therefore, when you take the time to learn a technique, be sure to use it until it becomes automatic.
Some Memory Techniques for you to try are as follows:
*Using a Story-List
*Memory games are good.
There is a game that involves looking at a table covered with 15 various items. You are given a few minutes to look over the table and examine the items, next you are taken to another room, and everyone is given paper and a pencil. You are then required to write down as many items as you can remember. Seldom will everyone remember all 15 items!
“The true art of memory is the art of attention.”–Samuel Johnson
There is a technique to use which ties all the items together in an imaginative story. For example, say you want to remember a list of the following things:
Soap, milk, honey, fork, and flowers.
Start by creating a vivid story in your imagination, and adding each item to it as you go:
At the sink, you reach for the SOAP. The soap dish is full of MILK, so you wash your hands in that. Then you comb HONEY into your hair with a FORK, and finally pick up a bouquet of FLOWERS and smile at the mirror. Say each item while mentally reviewing your “movie,” and you’ll remember all five things, even the next day.
More Memory Tricks:
*Tell yourself to remember.
For instance, when you learn a person’s name, simply tell yourself, “remember that“. This signals your unconscious mind to rank this input as more important.
It is important to know ‘WHY’ you want to remember something, then ‘HOW’ you’ll remember it.
To remember a person, for example, ask yourself, WHY they’ll be important to you in the future. HOW, imagine where you’ll see them next, and connect that to anything you notice about them. Seeing the importance of remembering really helps, and additional associations such as, (where you expect to see the person next) tends to set the memory more firmly in your brain.
Do you ever forget where you put your car keys? You’ve probably tried retracing your steps, at least doing it in your imagination. This can work well, but even better is to prevent the forgetting beforehand. The next time you to to place your set the keys on the chair, see yourself walking in and setting the keys on the table. This helps you not to forget where they are.
“Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?”–Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are many more of these memory tricks. However, If you want them to be useful, don’t just read about them. Begin to take a memory technique or two and start using them today, then turn them into a habit. Then the next time you’re asked, “How good is your Memory,” you will be able to say, good, if not excellent.
“I have an excellent memory, a most excellent memory.”–Bill Gates
To Your Massive Success,