Memory Hacks you never knew

Many people thinks of improving their memory. In fact we get so many mails everyday asking " How can I improve my memory ?" Whether it's a client's name, a password or combination you want stored only in your head, or answers for an upcoming test, there are plenty of techniques and tools to help you lock in important stuff and pull it out when needed. 

Nap to improve memory and learning:

It may not seem like you're learning anything when you close your eyes and doze off, but taking a daytime nap can help you reduce interference—the brain's resistance to learning new material, rather than what it already learned earlier—and help your recall, as suggested in the journal Nature Neuroscience. It's the easiest way to improve your memory.

Boost learning power with strategic "distractions":

This doesn't mean switching from your GRE prep to Nintendo Wii, but switching up your studying from one subject to a slightly different one—moving, say, from one CSS function and then back—forces your brain to try and hold onto the first thing you were focusing on, according to researchers.

 Visualize reminders with the Palace Technique:

Whether it's your home, an office, or some other place, there's a space most of us can walk through in our minds. Turn that mental space into a list organizer by using the "Palace Technique." The Lite Mind Blog has a good overview of the technique, which has you associating each thing you need to remember with objects you'd see in a walk-through—milk at the front door, printer paper on the floor mat, paper towels on the kitchen table, etc. When you need to remember, just stroll through your (mental) home, and you should recall the associations. It will improve your memory very rapidly.

Draw a name map:

Got a meeting with the higher-ups and want to make a positive impression? Bring a notepad or just an index card and map out the players' names, or just seating positions, as soon as you sit down, along with some identifiers ("Jim/beard, #4/glasses," and the like). From covering my fair share of board meetings for newspapers, I can attest to the benefits of writing notes and quotes from mapped numbers and later follow-up, rather than hoping your overwhelmed mind can juggle it all at once.

Recall lists using dramatic imagery:

You're heading out the door, and you're absolutely sure you're going to forget to drop off the mail, or buy the milk, or both. Blogger Bert suggest to focus on an image of dropping letters into a mailbox that looks like a giant milk jug, or perhaps a mailman made entirely of liquid milk. In other words, anything that pushes your list items past your brain's boring/mundane filter is far likelier to stick.

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