Whether you are a student preparing yourself for exams or a working professional getting ready for tomorrow’s meeting, strong memory abilities are crucial in our daily life.
The capacity of the human memory is seriously impressive. But, a powerful memory depends on the health and vitality of the brain, which is up to us to protect and boost.
Here's 5 top tips to help you do just that.
What are the Benefits of a Good Memory?
You might be thinking, having a good memory is only useful if you have to remember lots of different information in your job role. While this might be true in some circumstances, having a good memory is a valuable skill that can benefit anyone, no matter your job title. Here's why:
- Greater capacity to learn new things
- Increased focus on tasks
- More knowledgeable in your job role or areas that interest you
- Higher confidence in yourself and your ability to
- Reduced anxiety and frustration around remembering important dates or information
- Improved social interactions
While some can clearly remember a particular class from their school days or a conversation with an old friend from years ago, others struggle to recall what they ate for dinner the night before. But that's okay, our brains have different ways of focusing and remembering things.
Don't worry, this doesn't mean memory is broken! Here's 5 top tips that are sure to boost your memory at work.
5 Top Tips for a Better Memory at Work
1. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Physical exercise is the key for a healthier brain. Don’t skip heart-friendly exercises, it increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the chance of diseases that can lead to memory loss. Always remember, what is good for your heart, is definitely great for your brain.
Second to our list is meditation, studies by neuroscientists have shown that with meditation practice you can uplift your memory.
Did you know that diet is also a boost-memory factor? For instance, eating berries can help to stave off memory decline or fatty fish (such as salmon, trout and sardines), which are all rich sources of Omega-3s and they play a major role in sharpening your memory. Some other foods which can also nurture your memory are: turmeric, broccoli, dark chocolate, nuts, pumpkin seeds.
2. Visualise Ideas and Concepts
Whether you need to get your creative juices flowing, or you need to practice a speech or presentation for an upcoming meeting, the best way to use your brain's memory to your advantage is to pay attention to charts, pictures or graphics. These are not only a great way to jog your memory, it's also proven that we remember a lot more if we use visualisations over simple text.
Also, aim to bunch ideas or concepts with the same topic into the same section, or use highlighters to help your brain use colour as a memory note.
3. Get a Good Night Sleep
Bad quality of sleep can also lead to memory loss, 95% of adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night for sleep deprivation to be avoided.
A regular sleeping schedule can also help for a better quality of sleep. Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time each morning, is considered a healthier routine for your brain.
4. Use Brain Training Apps
Nowadays, the brain-training genre apps have become extremely popular. They promise to effectively exercise your brain and improve your focus and memory skills. Here are a few free (in-app purchases) app suggestions for Android / iOS:
- Fit Brains Trainer
- Memorado Brain Training
5. Reduce Multi-Tasking
Although multi-tasking is a top skill that most job roles require, doing too multi-tasking could be impacting your memory. If you're constantly jumping from one task to another, your brain is going to struggle keeping up. Try to focus on one thing at a time, or block time during the day to focus on one specific task.
Gain More Expert Techniques at Our Memory Masterclass
Often when things go wrong, it's down to people forgetting key information. If you want to learn how to action key tasks, recall essential information and take a detailed memory test before and after the class to see your progression with the techniques learnt, this is the masterclass for you. Read the full agenda for our Advanced Memory Training Masterclass here.