There are two powerful concepts that make your memory powerful. That’s right! Only two. Here they are:
1. Learn to associate one thing with another
2. Learn to flex and exercise your imagination

So, if you want to have a great memory you need to keep these two concepts firmly in mind all the time.
Form associations and links when you try to remember things.

Don’t just try to learn anything by rote. It doesn’t work because you have nothing to motivate you to remember it. In order to find the motivation to remember things you need to associate everything with your senses or with something you know already. Just think – you tend to remember times when you felt good – and times you felt bad. You will be able to remember who was there, what you were wearing, how the place smelt…. Your emotional state certainly anchors a set of stimuli in your memory. So if you want to remember something specific now it really helps to log in your mind what sensory aspects are linked with the topic. You can do this by anchoring the new information to sensory information surrounding you – are you hot/cold, does anything smell particularly strongly, are you wearing a jumper that feels particularly nice, where are you standing or sitting, what does the chair feel like? When you conjure the place up again in your imagination you will soon be able to recall all kinds of things you were learning at the same time.

Another way to anchor new information with your senses is to link each new fact or concept with a sense. For example, you can remember the characters in a story by assigning a different colour to each one. Make the colour strong and intense. See them in your mind’s eye and drench them with rain of their colour so you really get the link embedded in your memory. You can do the same with smells, noises, positions and tastes. It’s quite amazing what we can associate with our senses.

Use your imagination extensively

When we imagine things the brain makes no differentiation between it being real or imaginary and the more extreme the thing we imagine the more we are likely to remember it. That is what brains do – notice things that are different, big, things that stand out in some way because that is the kind of skill we need to stay alive and it is programmed deep inside us.

For example, if you were to imagine a forest of pine trees it would be hard to remember one tree more than another. However if you were to make one of them grow little feet and walk around in a circle you would remember exactly where it was and what it looked like! So you can use the power of movement memory to help you remember all kinds of other things. If you have a list of shopping you can link each article with a movement. Your cornflakes skip, your butter runs, your milk hops…. You get the idea!

Have a laugh

Humour is a great help when you are imagining things and creating links in your mind between what you want to remember and aids to your memory. For instance the pine tree we just saw running round the forest on little feet might be even funnier if you put a hat on it too. Exaggerate, make things wacky. Everything you do to make the new information memorable in these ways will act like little hooks in the tissue of your memory and it will stay with you much longer.

Have a try with these ideas and see how your memory and brain respond to this way of working. I think they will like it! Come back to the site later and check out some more ideas for getting that memory power as we will be writing a lot more on using sequencing and organisation techniques along with colour to get super charged.

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