10 Ways To Improve Your Memory

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  • De-cluttering your mind of unnecessary information can help improve your memory, new studies show. Eight-time world memory champion, Dominic O'Brien, suggests 10 simple tricks to help get and keep your memory in tip-top shape.
  • Test Yourself O’Brien suggests you test your memory by having a friend show you a picture with ten items in it, and then put it away. If you can recall nine or ten of the items, then congrats! You’re doing great. If you can only remember three or four, it’s important that you dedicate more time to improving your memory.
  • Time Management Stop jumping from task to task—it’s not as efficient as you think. When your brain doesn’t have enough time to create a memory pathway, you’re more likely to forget things and get frustrated.
  • Slow Down We’re all keen on multi-tasking. However, it’s important to be more conscious of what you do—if you perform your tasks with more mindfulness, you’ll enable information to really sink into your memory.
  • Get Moving Running, swimming, jump roping, dancing—anything goes. Get your heart rate up with some aerobic exercise every day. Not only will it help fuel your brain with oxygen, but physical fitness makes for a good de-stressor from everyday life—and both are great for memory health!
  • Believe In Your Brain Every day, tell yourself that you have a great memory—really! O’Brien suggests that you nurture your brain like you would a child—if you encourage it, it will flourish and succeed. But if you criticize it, it will only grow incompetent.
  • Eat Brain Food Feed your mind and memory with a healthy diet. Research has found that Omega-3s, found in fish, sharpen memory and aid in concentration.
  • Make The Info Stick To make sure your memorized data sticks to your brain long-term, O’Brien says it’s important to know your ‘forgetting threshold.’ Don’t try to jam too much information into your brain at once, and be sure to review each piece of data at least five times.
  • Use Your Senses Improve your memory by really developing your senses. By taking a quick moment to associate images with a specific location, your brain will be much more likely to recall necessary data later on. For instance, when you put you keys down on the table, stop and observe your surroundings before walking away.
  • Remember Numbers With Shapes When memorizing numbers, O’Brien explains that number shapes are extremely useful. Let’s say you needed to remember the PIN number 4205—tell yourself an imaginative (but still logical) step-by-step story that incorporates the shapes. For instance, picture yourself on a sailboat (shape of the 4) sailing past a large swan (shape of the 2). Then imagine you throw a lifesaving device (shape of the 0) out to the swan. Attached to the rope of the lifesaver is a seahorse (shape of the 5).
  • Keep Practicing! If you devote time to practicing simple memory techniques like these, your ability to recall facts, events, people and places will improve over time.