How To Improve Your Memory for Maximum Productivity
Over the course of our lifetime, our brains will hold up to 1 quadrillion pieces of information, according to scientists. In fact, if our brains were computers, they would each have the equivalent of up to 2.5 million gigabytes of storage. Most of us take our memory for granted and don’t really appreciate it until it starts to falter. But in fact, memory plays a huge role in our everyday lives. As working parents with lots to juggle, we probably depend more on our memory than we truly realize.
On a basic level, a good memory helps us to remember important dates, facts and deadlines. It helps you to remember what time to pick up your daughter from dance class or when your friends’ birthdays are. But when it comes to business, we depend on our memory to help us build and retain business knowledge. A good memory can really give you the edge.
Short term memory is also referred to as your working memory, which the brain is constantly using. It is what stores the current or recent snapshots which help us solve problems and is what we use most. Scientists have been looking at ways to enhance our working memory. Researchers from the UK’s Imperial College London, recently discovered that using electricity to stimulate the brain, can actually help improve working memory.
How to improve your memory
But while we might not be able to turn to these scientific techniques from the comfort of our own homes, there are some simple things we can do to improve our memory to give us the edge at work, and keep us on track with our family life.
Tricks to train your brain
There are some tricks you can carry out to help you remember certain information, like using mnemonic techniques which are simple memory tools. These are methods for remembering information that is difficult to recall. They can take the form of acronyms, or sentences that you associate with the item you want to remember. This can be particularly useful for remembering clients’ names.
Boost your memory with a good diet
Improving your memory isn’t just about problem solving and mental exercises. To boost your memory, try to restrict sugary foods and also drink plenty of water. If your diet is lacking essential vitamins and minerals, consider a daily multivitamin. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good brain function. So, if you don’t eat much fish, then think about taking a fish oil supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for proper brain function. Studies have even shown that coffee can help us better recall things from the last 24 hours.
Exercise to make your recall sharper
Studies have found that exercise boosts norepinephrine, a brain chemical, which plays an important part in memory. It may not be easy to always squeeze exercise into your busy day. But even just 30 minutes of walking every day will make a significant impact.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep goes a long way to helping the brain be able to store information and longstanding memories. It also gets your short-term memory ready for another day. It may not be easy, but try to get around 7 to 8 hours each night. Getting enough sleep can really help to exploit your memory to its full potential.
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Special thanks for the contribution from freelance writer Jess Walter. Contact Jess at: email@example.com.