If it is a constant running joke in your household that the men in your family can’t seem to remember dates, appointments, or other to-do tasks, don’t worry this is normal. The human brain was never designed to become an extreme storehouse for information, and forgetting things such as dates, numbers and appointments is a natural part of life, but luckily there are things you can do to improve* your instant recall or enhance your memory.
If you are getting frustrated with being the butt of jokes, or always forgetting things don’t get frustrated. The following are some tips and tricks you can utilize to help you improve* your memory or instant recall.
Make a Conscience Effort to Remember
Some information such as important dates, bank account numbers, and phone numbers are important and must be memorized. The best way to remember things is to make a conscience effort to remember them. If you don’t make that effort, the brain will filter these numbers out because it believes they aren’t important.
Several activities or tricks can help you remember numbers and dates. Things such as constantly repeating the numbers, writing them down multiple times, or forming a connection with something emotional can help you remember the dates, account numbers or phone numbers easier.
Focus on the Task at Hand
Many times, men aren’t forgetful because they can’t remember or their brain has difficulty storing things. They forget because they are extremely distracted by things. Distractions are a very common cause of memory-loss in men.
If you find yourself forgetting things because you got distracted, try to focus on the task at hand. Try to visualize or picture yourself engaging in the task before you even start to do it. This will help you remember what you want to do, and stay focused enough to finish the task.
Use the Same Spot for Everyday Items
Misplacing everyday items is a common problem men tend to have. They will set things down and then instantly forget where they put them. To avoid this temporary memory-loss, try to make it a habit to put items in the same spot every day. This will help you instinctively recall where the items are.
If you do have to place an item where you wouldn’t normally place it, repeating to yourself where you placed it can help you remember. The repetition of information will help you instantly recall where you placed the items.