Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 1446 - Five ways to improve your memory

Feeling as though dementia has set in early? 

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I used to have the world's best memory. I've chatted about it before. How I used to be able to recall events, times, dates right down to what people were wearing at any given event. Not anymore! I find it hard to remember what I did last week, let alone what happened 20 years ago.  So I've been doing some reading on how I can make myself feel less like I have a "forgetory" and more like I have a memory again.

My reading this week comes from The Business Room where Nick Petrovic chats about the importance of having a good memory if you're a small business owner. I figured it would help me with my business, but may well be of use to my every day functionality as well.

Here are Five easy ways to improve your memory:

  1. Make it meaningful: We recall things much easier if there is emotion attached rather than just trying to remember facts and figures.  So to help recall a person (for example) create a story that matches their features to their name.  The brain apparently stores new information for only a short period so linking new info to the past and creating relational memories can also be helpful. 
  2. Engage your whole self:  When you want to remember something be sure to focus on it and only it during that moment of time (avoid multi-tasking). You hear of "whole body listening" in the classroom.  The same works when absorbing information on your own. Sitting up straight helps as does closing your eyes as this blocks out all the other stimuli around you.
  3. Make a conscious effort: We can only store so much information in one sitting so make a conscious decision about which information is the most important to store.  Control the information you choose to retain rather than leaving it up to chance.
  4. Repetition through explanation: Apparently the best way to learn is to teach, so explaining it to someone else can be helpful. This reminds me of how, as a child,  I would teach my dolls and teddy bears what I'd learnt at school.  It can also help to practise the same information in different ways because the brain stores from each sense in different areas.  
  5. Maintaining memory fitness: We can make certain life choices that will assist with our memory fitness.  Walking and sleeping increase memory storage, as does eating foods high in flavonoids (like kale, broccoli, tomatoes, blueberries, grapes, cocoa). 
So there you have it! Five supposedly easy ways to turn your forgetory back into a memory.  I'm off to teach this to the kids over breakfast as I eat blueberries, standing with a straight back, walking on the treadmill, with my eyes closed and turning it into a rap song.  

Which reminds me! I mustn't forget that today is the last day of our Disney Infinity competition! 

Win, Win, Win

All you need to do is tell me your favourite Disney character.  That easy.  Oh, and be sure to give me enough details to track you down.  The competition is open to Aussie residents only and closes TONIGHT Friday 20 September at midnight. You can enter via comment here on the blog, Deep Fried FacebookDeep Fried Twitter #DFFInfinity, email or text.  Note: The Disney/Deep Fried Fruit Disney Infinity starter packs are for Playstation 3 only.  But if you don't have a Playstation 3 don't let that deter you from entering.  You could always put it away for a Christmas gift, or trade with a friend, or even give it to your local Ronald McDonald House. Everyone deserves some Disney Infinity in their life. 


  1. Was discussing this the other day - used to remember everything (and follow thru on it) - now I send myself an email so I remember by the time I get home!! Shocker!

  2. Forgetory. Love it. Yep, I definitely have one of those. Early dementia has set in and I'm only in my mid thirties. This is quite concerning. I'll definitely try those tips and get into some kale. Everyone seems to be talking about that at the moment.

  3. Ha-ha. Yes, I certainly have a forgetory! I am okay remembering appointments or meeting times with people but names of people? Forget it! I will have to try out your tips. Thanks!

  4. Oh this is great thanks for sharing! Some days I swear I am worse than ten second Bob. Having said that though there are still a handful of phone numbers of my primary school friends that I can remember. Not that that is really useful for daily living

  5. I love this post Leanne and will definitely be putting some these points into practice!! Thanks for sharing x

  6. Oh boy do I need these tips. Such a useful skill in life when it feels there's so little time to write information down. Especially as Catch notes collapsed - they were all the things I needed to remember! thanks for sharing.

  7. Totally. Whoa.. what's your name again? Who said that?
    Love this "as I eat blueberries, standing with a straight back, walking on the treadmill, with my eyes closed and turning it into a rap song" - deep fried blueberries of course ;)

  8. Geez, Leanne, you are reading my very-disorganised-very-forgetful mind! I am SO all over the place lately that I sometimes think I have (particularly) early-onset Alzheimers. Sigh. I will try these tips and see if things improve before heading for the neurosurgeon!!! x

  9. Excellent tips! I'm having exhaustion-instigated memory lapses, but apart from the usual baby brain, usually have a great memory too.

    Belle. I love that crazy kid who reads books and falls in love with her imprisoner.

    (Oh, and thanks for popping by the blog. I am absolutely 100% totally able to review the books if you point me towards them!)

  10. I'd enter the comp but I've already forgot what the question was and how to enter! ;-) My memory was SHOT after having my son. it took a few years before I felt like I could actually remember things again. In saying that, I still ALWAYS lose the apple TV remote. x Aroha

  11. I have an amazing memory for song lyrics, everything else forget about it!

  12. My memory used to be razor sharp too but it seems that (with other things) it's fallen by the wayside since having kids.
    I find reading or doing puzzles like sudoku or crosswords help me with my memory too.

  13. Thanks for these tips Leanne. I also had a great memory, once upon a time. I like to blame it on the children rather than on the ageing process or anything like that... ;)

  14. My memory is shocking I use postix notes around the house, I must try some of these - did your rap song work??

  15. I often go into a room to get something, but then find that i cannot recall what I went in for. i'm in to practice the second tip. Thanks!

  16. As i get up to walk backwards with my eyes closed because really my mind when clank during pregnancy and 5 years later it has not returned.

    I must first tell you that this households favourite Disney character is Mater - it's important to be a good friend.

    Now I shall go and look for some broccoli and kale


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