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Five Tips to Improve Your Memory

Updated on February 7, 2018
Taking notes can help to improve your memory.
Taking notes can help to improve your memory.

Memory Enhancement is For Everyone

You may think this topic on memory is about seniors, or those advanced in age. To the contrary, these tips on how to improve your memory is beneficial to people of all ages. They will help you remember everyday events such as why you entered a room, the location of your cell phone, where you placed your keys, and other items.

1. Complete Easy Crossword Puzzles

Completing crossword puzzles is a way to improve your memory. The crossword puzzles do not have to be difficult or hard to solve. You will feel a sense of achievement when you complete the easy crossword puzzles. Of course the completion times will vary among different individuals.

A note of caution here. The term "easy" is relative, so before you purchase an "easy" crossword puzzle book, glance through the pages to see if you can quickly solve the puzzles. If you are having difficulty coming up with the correct answers, then the crossword puzzle is not easy. Pass on this one, and choose a crossword puzzle that is easier for you to complete. A plus for crossword puzzles is many are about current events and personalities -- so you may learn something new in the process. Additionally, in this internet age, you may also search the web for easy crossword puzzles to complete online.

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2. Put Things Back in a Specific Place

One of the most misplaced items in households today may be the television remote. It is not uncommon for people to move from room to room with remote in hand, leaving it in different places. Of course they will invariably forget where they put the remote. If you tend to misplace your remote, you may want to choose a coffee table or someplace else to park your remote each time you use it. The key here is to place your remote at the same spot each time, so you can remember where you left it. Make this area the designated location for your remote. By the way, you can use this system for remembering where you left other items as well.

3. Play Video Games To Exercise Your Brain

Play video games regardless of your age. Video games are not just for the millenial generation or younger. Additionally, video games are not only fun to play, but are excellent ways to exercise your memory. Of course there are a myriad of video games, including games playable on your cell phone or mobile devices that are available that will help to enhance your memory. In fact, games are becoming so prevalent, some computers come free equipped with them. Play them not only to have fun, but to enhance your memory as well.

4. Use Word or Letter Association to Jog Your Memory

For example, there is a building that I have to enter in order to reach a destination that has two glass doors for entrance that are about a few steps apart. To get past the first door, I have to pull -- to get past the second door I have to push. You may have already guessed that I would push on the first door, and pull on the second door -- which was frustrating at times, especially if I was carrying packages.

Here is the method I used. When spelling pull and push -- both words start with "pu" -- however the third letter differs. Pull, has an "l", while Push has an "s". "L" comes before "S" in the alphabet, so I equate this with the two doors. I pull on the first door, since "l" comes before "s" and therefore is first, and of course push comes second, so I push on the second door.

It would be simpler and easier if the signs "Pull" and "Push" were posted or printed on the glass doors -- but until that time and if that happens -- my way to remember which door to pull and which to push is working well for me. You may be able to use a similar system to help you remember when given a choice to push or pull open a door, or other similar type actions.


5. Take Notes and Make Lists

Warning: Do not go overboard in taking notes and making lists. Only you know the amount of note-taking and list-making that are a good fit for you. For instance, if you are in class -- many professors when they are lecturing sometimes say, "There's no need to write this down." -- but invariably what is not written down appears on a test later. So to be on the safe side, jot down a few notes anyway.

Regarding lists -- try not to go to the extreme in making them. Leave room for your brain to work and try to remember what you want to do or accomplish. You will feel a great sense of pride just by remembering something without making a list.

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      6 years ago

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting. Very interesting article and very well written. These are some great tips to keep your mind sharp Ladyhowto4u. This is very important information, especially for the older ones. Nice job:)

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      ladyhowto4u...YOU are very welcome. Anytime. Stay safe and stay YOU!

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      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Ladyhowto4u...voted up and all the way! Amazing hub. Masterfully-written, presented. Soaked up every word. I am sorry that Ive not been here sooner, my health isn't good, and I was finishing some things that needed my attention. I DO Value YOU as a follower and friend. I wish and pray that YOU have a Merry Christmas.////Kenneth, also praying for peace for you.

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      Great ideas here for remembering things, and here I thought it was just me. I have tired all of your suggestions and they do work. Keeping lists for things to do, appts etc is high on my list. Word association is another. Thanks for the info, voted uP!

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