I don’t have memory issues, but sometimes I mix dates or names. Although it doesn’t happen to me very often I always come up with methods to optimize my memory in order to remember and access stored information fast without grunting or head scratching.
When I’m studying a topic that doesn’t trigger my curiosity, I get bored and have the tendency to engage in other activities. This is due to the fact that I like to focus on topics that have a greater value to me. However, I need to discipline myself and do things I enjoy less as well. It is okay to specialize in a domain and be a pro on your field but it’s great to have knowledge of other stuff as well. Be hungry for knowledge !
Here are my 5 tips that will help you memorize almost anything:
- Smartphone wallpaper – Since we use our smart devices on a daily basis, why not take advantage of this. For example, if you wish to remember a mathematics formula, set a picture of that formula as wallpaper for both your lock and home screen. Here is why this methods works. Every time you use the phone, your brain will acknowledge and process what is displayed on the screen. For instance, the first thing you notice on the iPhone lock screen is the time and date. You will be amazed how effective this method is. Apply this to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, iPod etc.
- Setting your password – Passwords need to be remembered anyway, so why not use this to your advantage. Instead of setting nonsense passwords, think creative and setup a smart password. It can be a famous quote, the name of a writer/painter followed by his date of birth and death or an important history event. For instance the password: WorldWarII-1939-1945 is a very strong one, it contains uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters ” – “. For the first couple of days make sure you write down your password until you are comfortable with it, you can erase the note after you memorized it. Now you have a strong password and you know when the 2nd World War started and ended.. You can change your password anytime if you ever feel insecure, but please note that changing your password frequently is not such a good idea. Read here why.
- Write it down – Write down things you don’t know and search for answers. When I find myself wasting time I go grab my notebook and look for answers to my questions.
- Refresh data – After you gathered some notes, don’t just let the pages untapped. Take some time to go through your notes, at least once a week.
- Talk about it – When you are going out with friends it’s almost impossible not to share ideas and highlight important news. This is a good opportunity to speak about stuff you know which will help etch the data on your brain.
I cannot promise you will see immediate results, you will have to experiment and see what works best for you. However what I can say is that for me personally, tip number 1 and 2 have proven to be very effective life hacks. Start practicing these methods and kindly share your results in the comments section below or send me an e-mail.