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How can I remember things better?

Some general memory techniques include:
  • Do it now. This is probably the most important memory enhancement technique. If you act immediately, you have no need to remember.
  • Write it down. Write notes, make lists, create "cheat sheets" and construct timelines.
  • Visualize. Form a picture in your mind. Use your imagination to add humor, action or exaggeration.
  • Create rhymes and tunes. Use rhyming words or create new words for familiar tunes to help you remember tasks, sequences, dates and facts.
  • Make up stories. Link items together in your mind by putting them in story form. (Remember how story problems helped you learn math?)
  • Develop acronyms. Using the first letter of each item you want to remember, create an acronym or funny phrase such as KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).
  • Make associations. Relate new information to something you already know.
  • Group like items together. Organize your mind like a grocery or department store, with similar items or categories all in the same aisle.
  • Divide and conquer. When learning something new, break up the subject into manageable sections and concentrate on one section at a time.
  • Retrace your steps mentally to retrieve a thought, remember where you left your coffee cup, remind yourself what you were looking for or recall what you wanted to do next.
Memory Tips Making Life Easier

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Written by memory and aging expert Shelley Peterman Schwarz, Memory Tips for Making Life Easier delivers just what its title promises. Written for health care professionals, family caregivers, and...

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