You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!
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We have learned how the Phonetic Mnemonic System can be used to remember words, concepts, dates, numbers, and more. The only drawback to this system is that it takes a little time to learn. Let's practice! If you need to look at the chart a few times, go ahead.
Translate these numbers into their equivalent phonetic words:
99 = puppy
8 = ?
92 = ?
334 = ?
70 = ?
73914 = ?
Now, translate the following words into their equivalent numbers:
Try = 14
Meadow = ?
Lodge = ?
Practice = ?
Elbow = ?
Chocolate = ?
(Answers: Fee, piano, memory, kiss, computer, 31, 56, 94710, 59, 6751)
Prospective memory is the memory for actions that you want to take in the future. Retrospective memory is the memory of things that have already happened. It is generally more bothersome to people to forget to do something than it is to forget something that you already did.
One way to improve prospective memory is to link it to something that you cannot forget. For example, if you are having trouble remembering to mail your letters, put the letters under your keys. The next time you leave the house, you will be reminded of the mail.
Another way is visualize the intended action in a place where you will not forget it. For example, visualize your car turning into a giant mailbox. The next time you see your car, you will be reminded to mail your letters.
Sometimes you may also have trouble remembering routine events, such as taking your medicine. One way to help this is to work the event into your habitual daily routine. For example, start taking your pills before breakfast. You will never forget to eat breakfast, so if you get in the habit, you will no longer forget your medicine.
Once you have gotten someone's name, made it meaningful, and remembered their face, you will have made a huge improvement in your ability to remember that person.
To insure that you will remember that name, you should make sure to review it soon after meeting them. Review their name, the association that you used to link it to their face, and review any interesting facts about that person that you want to remember. If you can, write this information down so you can review it again later. Do an additional review at the end of the day for each new person that you met, and then one final review a week later. This will guarantee that their name and face are firmly in your long-term memory.
Once you have gotten someone's name and made it meaningful, you can further improve your memory for names and faces by associating this name with the person's face.
To do this, you need to first focus on the person's face and find something distinctive about it. Maybe they have bright red hair or a big bushy mustache. Try to pick a feature that will not easily change (for example, don't pick lipstick color). Whatever it is, focusing on that distinctive feature will help imprint that person's face into your memory.
To link their name to their face, you can form a visual association with your substitute word and the distinctive feature. For example, to remember Mr. Pine, you might visualize a pine tree growing out of the bald spot on his head.
To remember a person's profession, try adding something to the association. For example, you could visualize a stethoscope around the neck of a doctor or you could visualize a dentist with huge oversized teeth.