There are times when we notice that we are being oblivious, forgetful and absent-minded. This is often related to tiredness, stress, and exhaustion – often causes of busy working life.
Meditating regularly and getting enough sleep are proven to improve your memory. These habits are mostly based on “silencing” the noisy or wandering mind. But there are also ways that use sound to help you aid your memory and remember important and useful stuff:
1. Hear yourself
When we are scatterbrained, we tend not to pay attention where we put things. The next time we need them, they are not where they usually are. To avoid these lost & not found situations, use the power of sound and say it out loud. For example, when you hang your car keys on a hook next to the front door, say “keys hang on the hook next to the front door.” Or when you want to note and remember you switched of the coffee maker, say “the coffee maker is off.” Instead of just doing it and seeing yourself do it, you’ll also hear yourself do it.
2. Repeat after
We’ve all been in situations where we are introduced to new people. We shake hands, say our names, and ‘poof’ you have no idea what the names you just heard were. Next time you meet a person for the first time, repeat the name you hear, right after you hear it. After that you can strengthen your memory by bringing the person’s name into a conversation with the person her/himself or with some one else. Try “What did you think of the speech, John?” or “I just had a great conversation with John Smith, the guy from Babble. Did you have a chance to meet him?” The more often you repeat the name, the better it sticks. Repetition is the mother of all learning – and remembering, too!
3. Listen while not actively listening
There are studies that suggest that listening to certain sounds while asleep improve long-term memory. During sleep the brain produces acoustic pulses often referred to as brain waves. Listening to sounds matched up to those waves, such as the rush of a waterfall or waves washing against the shore, seem to first of all improve the quality of sleep, which is known to be related to memory consolidation. While some more studies still need to be carried out to prove this to really be true, who would not like to fall asleep while listening to the soothing sound of nature and sleep well and long, which means a clear head in the morning!
It’s good to note that there are many ways that don’t depend on your own memory to keep a record of the important stuff, the things that matter the most. Not everything needs to be recalled in your brain. Trying to recall everything by heart can actually also cause more stress. You will forget things, and it’s totally ok.