Have you ever been embarrassed because you forgot something important?
What kind of things you have the most trouble remembering?
Perhaps you've had experiences like these. Most people have. And what's
worse, most people have resigned themselves to a life of forgetting. They
are unaware of a simple but important fact: Memory can be developed.
1. First, relax. If you are over anxious about remembering something,
you will forget it. Relaxing will enhance your awareness and ability to
concentrate. Take deep breaths and tell yourself that you have all the
time in the world to remember.
2. Second, avoid being negative. If you keep telling yourself that your
memory is bad, your mind will come to believe it and you won't remember
things. When you forget something, don't say:" Gee, I need to have my
3. To improve your memory, you'll need to take an active role. Like your
body, your memory can be strengthened through exercise. Look for
opportunities to exercise your memory. For example, if you're learning a
language, try to actively remember irregular verbs.
4. You may also want to make associations, or links, between what you
are trying to remember and things you already know. For example, If you
need to catch a plane at 2:00 p.m, you can imagine a plane in your mind
and notice that it has two wings = 2:00. You are now ten times more
likely to remember the take-off time.