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10 ideas to help you remember

10 ideas to help you remember
by Maria Gracia
You are busy and you have tons of things to do. How can you possibly remember it all? Having a sharp memory recall can be as simple as finding ways to help jog your memory throughout the day. Here are 10 quick ideas:
1. Write it down
With the amount of things you have to remember in any given day, why should you try to stuff it all into your memory bank? When you want to remember something, the very best thing to do is write it down. Then, when you need to recall it, it will be there for you in an instant.
2. Keep it together
When you write down things you want to remember, keep them in one consistent place. Otherwise, you're going to spend a lot of time looking for your notes.
3. Maintain good healthEat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise. These are all important for your memory, staying focused and being alert.
4. Record your thoughts
Sometimes you might want to remember something, but it's impossible for you to write it down, such as when you're driving. A little hand held tape recorder is a wonderful gadget to carry around with you and record your thoughts, or your parking space number, or a phone number you see on a billboard.
5. Call yourself
If you're at the office, and you want to do something when you arrive home, call your answering machine and leave yourself a message. When you get home, you'll listen to your message and remember exactly what you wanted to do.
6. Believe in yourself
If you keep saying you have a bad memory, you'll probably continue to have a bad memory. It's important to have a motivated, I CAN remember attitude.
7. Send yourself email reminders
There are many free e-mail reminder services available. You simply type in what you want to remember, such as a birthday, anniversary or event, and you then receive an e- mail reminder when the date is approaching.
8. Post sticky notes
Those wonderful, little sticky notes can be amazing memory helpers. Want to remember something before you leave the house? Jot it down on a Post-It Note and stick it on the inside of your door. You'll be sure to see it as you're getting ready to walk out. Have to make an urgent call first thing in the morning? Leave a Post-It Note on your telephone.
9. Set timers and alarms
Take advantage of alarm clocks and timers throughout the day. Have to take the clothes out of the wash at 3:00? Set your alarm clock to remind you. Want to leave for the basketball game by 6:15? Set your timer to beep a few minutes before.
10. Use visual reminders
Visual reminders can help you remember and focus. I especially like visual reminders for remembering your goals. If your goal is to take a trip to a beautiful island in a few years, keep a magazine photograph of the island right on your desk. If your goal is to own your own business one day, find a picture or ornament that will help remind you of this goal each day.

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Thanks for these tips Alex - I have found a lot of your posts very useful and this one is no exception!
Mich

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Mich
thanks for your encouragement. Glad to be of help.
Love and peace.

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Hi Alex
Thanks for posting this. My memory is getting really bad - becoming a bit of a family joke. Hope you don't mind but I am going to take a print of this and use some of the really good ideas.
Will let you know how it goes (if I remember)
Love and best wishes
Maureen

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Maureen
sure, no problem. I hope it will help you. I find that memory is a very little looked at subject and yet it is so important.
As for your lapses well it may be age or it may be a condition that myself and my eldest daughter suffer oif which is called STML or Short Term Memory Loss. The signs of it is that for instance you will need to read something over and over before it gets into your brain. Or someone may tell you something this morning but you have forgotten it this afternoon. And so on.
Anyhow, I hope these little tips help you. By the way... what is your name? Aaahhh.... just joking!

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A good tip for remembering something is:
- Write it down on a piece of paper, something short and sweet, not a huge paragraph.
- Hold the paper up in front of you and glnace at it quickly.
- Then look upwards and to the left, imagining the words up there. [&:]
- Do this a few times till the words are always there when you look up and to the left.
This is a very quick NLP technique linked to what's known as Eye Accessing Cues. When someone remembers something visually they tend to look up and to the left. So by placing the image you want to remember there on purpose it increases your ability to recall it.
Try it, it works! ;)
Love

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Neil
you are absoluyely right and thanks for adding those points.I strongly believe in the visual impact of things as I suffer os STML and find visual things much easier to remember.

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Another way is to tell yourself to remember something is to say to yourself, "Remember to do..........". That way you are programming your memory to remember. Don't say, "Don't forget to.... " because all your memory will remember is the word 'forget'.;) Can't remember where I saw this though .......... oooooops [&:]





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