How to Improve Your Memory
Everyone wishes that they could instantly and effortlessly remember everything they heard, read or learned. Unfortunately, that only happens rarely. Your brain is similar to the muscles in the body; it requires constant exercise to maintain its proper function. If you think you have a bad memory and there is nothing you can do about it, think again. Tell yourself that your memory is good and take steps to make it better.
One of the best ways to use your memory efficiently is to create associations for things you need to remember. Creating vivid mental pictures is one of many ways to do this. Use your imagination, and find whatever works to help you remember vital things like people's phone numbers, addresses and birthdays.
Sometimes it is hard to remember seemingly random strings of things. Make a list and categorize them by a common thread.
Third: Spaced repetition learning
Spaced repetition learning is the process of repeating information you want to memorize every few days in order to reinforce it. Flash cards are a good way to do this.
Fourth: Organize your life
Keep your most useful items in a regular place, and put them there every time they are not in use. Use an electronic organizer or daily planner to remember things you have to do. Keep track of addresses, phone numbers and email addresses in an address book or on your computer. This gives you time to focus on remembering more important things.
Fifth: Take care of your health
The way you treat your body has a measured effect on the function of your brain and therefore your memory. Always try to eat right, maintain a regular exercise regimen, get a good night's sleep at regular time periods, and do everything you can reduce stress. Most of all, give yourself time to improve your memory. It is not going to happen overnight, but with patience and diligence, it is a possibility.