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Forgetfulness: 5 Handy Ways to a Better Memory
from The Doctors Book of Home Remedies
Do you have a hard time remembering names, phone numbers, and important dates? Are you constantly losing your car in parking lots? Do you sometimes forget how to spell common words? If you answered yes to many of these questions, here’s some very good news: Forgetfulness is curable!
- Think of remembering as re-membering.. Say you are appearing on a TV game show and you’re on the verge of winning. All you need to do is remember the name of the battle in which Napoleon was defeated. You know the answer. It’s on the tip of your tongue. How to get it off? Try to reinstate as much as possible of what you know surrounding the issue. Thus, Napoleon may lead to Josephine, to France, to the Napoleonic Code, to battles, and (eventually) to Waterloo. The more connections you make, the better your chances of finding the right pathway.
- Take a picture. The average American, in the course of a lifetime, spends a full year looking for misplaced objects. Want to save yourself a year of your life? You can. Take a good look at those keys as you place them on the table. Raise your hands to your eye, miming a camera, and click the button.
- Make lists. Wherever and whenever possible, jot down on paper what you need to remember. Our short-term memory has limited capacities — there’s only so much space available. By making lists, you not only are assured of remembering what you wrote down, but it frees your mind for more important things.
- Categorize. When pencil and paper are unavailable, you’ll have to list things in your head– but don’t do so randomly. If you’re on your way to the grocery store and you know you need 20 items, you’ll probably never remember all 20 unless they are logically grouped. Think: five vegetables, four paper goods, three fruits, etc.
- Make name associations. It’s always easier to remember names if you have something to associate the name with. Make up a little story and picture it, associating familiar words around the name you need to remember.
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