If there is one thing that keeps holding me back it is my damn memory… Can you relate? The older we get the more our brains seem to run away with things. We get so caught up living life as busy as it gets that we forget that we need to keep training our brains in order to keep moving forward.
How many times have you been thinking of something only to have the answer in your head, but can’t locate whatever ‘folder’ you stored that information in! No matter how hard you try, it keeps evading you.
Or when you meet new people and almost every time you do, their names vanish immediately after they walk away from you. The number of times where our memories fail us are quite significant.
Scientists suggest that the average human brain is by far much more powerful than the supercomputers in existence. The number of people that complain about forgetting things ( myself included in that ) is outstanding and makes you wonder what crackpot those scientists are really smoking.
If you want to be successful in life by any measure you need to learn how to master your brain and keep the burning alive. I have put together a list of hacks and ideas for you to think about helping your memory and brain function.
STOP & THINK ABOUT IT
We have so much to process throughout the day and there always doesn’t seem to be enough hours for the best part of our lives and by overloading our brains with irrelevant information at the time can slow us down. That is why it is important to take breaks every so often when you are bogged down in work. Power naps can be hugely beneficial to sparking your energy levels. It is known that Thomas Edison, Bill Clinton, Margret Thatcher, and even Winston Churchill all relied on scheduled breaks or power naps.
Just like a computer, this reboots your thinking tool, and you are in a much better position to work effectively. You will do yourself no harm by taking a daily power nap.
Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci was a professional power-napper. He allegedly took 15-minute naps every four hours, totaling only 1.5 hours each day. This sleep pattern of logging no more than five hours of sleep a day is infamously known as the “sleep of genius.”
WRITING IT DOWN
Yes we live in the 21st century I get but there is still something about actually writing down things that will help you learn it better. It is like writing down your goals, first, you have to think, then you write it down and then you read it back to yourself. The point is, noting things down on paper acts as a much better memory booster than putting it all online.
This lazy trend is sure to relax the brain as it tends to be inactive for long. The transcribed or typed information isn’t processed the same way it is when written down on paper.
TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW
The best way to make something stick in your brain is to repeat the learning process 3-7 times. The reason there is a big gap there is that some people naturally do process things quicker and easier than others. So once you have learnt something, review it the following day and then 3 days after that and keep repeating the process until it sticks. Continue extending that time interval but only if you are sure you have the full understanding of all concepts. Not only do you work on your short-term memory through this repetition, but you also elevate your long-term power of recall.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
We all love the idea and the power of multitasking but how much do you really remember or how well are you actually engaged in the process. Yes, we can be on the phone to one person, while taking notes or reading on another task but you are really not absorbing anything. Don’t assume superpowers you don’t have in reality. If you’re studying, do just that; switch off all sorts of distractions and finish what you have to. There will come a time for those distractions on your break when you’re done. Otherwise, you are at a high risk of sabotaging your own success.
SUPPLEMENTS TO BOOST BRAIN POWER
Nootropics are natural supplements or drugs that have a beneficial effect on brain function in healthy people.
Many of these can boost memory, motivation, creativity, alertness and general cognitive function. Nootropics may also reduce age-related declines in brain function.
Here are the 10 best nootropic supplements to boost your brain function.
1. Fish Oils
6. Ginkgo Biloba
8. Bacopa Monnieri
9. Rhodiola Rosea
10. S-Adenosyl Methionine
As the control center of your body, it’s in charge of keeping your heart beating and lungs breathing and allowing you to move, feel and think. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your brain in peak working condition. The foods you eat play a role in keeping your brain healthy and can improve specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration.
This article lists 11 foods that boost your brain.
1. Fatty Fish
6. Pumpkin Seeds
7. Dark Chocolate