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Memory Spring Monthly

Improve Your Note Taking to Improve Your Recall

 

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In our everyday life we spend significant amounts of time in meetings.  Whether the meetings are for work, family, or play they are all congregations where there are issues discussed and in many cases actions agreed upon. Unfortunately, we tend to forget significant portions of what was discussed or presented in those meetings.  Then when someone wants to discuss details of the meeting, we’re at a loss and unable to access the information from our brain. As a result, time, energy, and money are wasted. 
 
The most effective technique that you have to help your brain store and recall key meeting information at a moment’s notice is your ability to take notes. Effective Note Taking provides your brain with structure to store information in a recallable way.  In addition, the process of listening and taking notes provides repetition for your brain and involves your Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning modes.  
 

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Improve Your Presence to Improve Your Memory!

 

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Memory is a critical aspect of our built-in survival mechanism.   If you look at the notion of memory from a biological Darwinism point of view, those that remembered where the best food was found in the winter, or remembered where there was protection from the elements, or remembered where the predators lived – survived.  They were the “fittest” for continuing to thrive and reproduce.
 
One of the key elements to remembering something in our modern over-stimulated world is being fully present when we are trying to remember something.  Consider this typical experience.  You are out at lunch with a friend, and the handsome waiter describes the special of the day.  Instead of ignoring it, as you usually do, you listen.  He animatedly describes the special in such amazing detail that your mouth begins to water.  Even though you have never had anything like it before, you decide to order it.
 

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7 Foods that Assist with Brain Function

 

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If you ask any physician what is the best diet to maximize brain health, most will tell you a balanced diet.  As a matter of fact, recent data has revealed that maintaining a heart healthy diet is probably the best thing for your brain since your heart is the pump that delivers oxygen rich blood to your brain. Notwithstanding, there are foods that have been shown to help with brain function.

Per Steadyhealth.com, here are a number of foods that are known to assist with brain function. 

1) Nuts and Seeds - Besides containing protein and fiber, nuts contain vitamin B, vitamin E, and magnesium which are essential to cognitive function. Seeds contain vitamin E, stress-fighting antioxidants, and magnesium which assist with brain performance.

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Reduce Your B.S.O.S. to Improve Your Memory!

 

ConfusedIn today’s multi-stimuli environment most of us struggle with B.S.O.S. or Bright Shiny Object Syndrome. A million things distract us including texts, emails, coworkers, family members, signs, our screen saver, and many others.  Heck, we even distract ourselves with our thoughts allowing each thought to bounce around in our heads free associating with everything else which distracts us from our original goal. Consequently, we lose focus and reduce our ability to store information in our memory. 

Focus also known as concentration is linked to memory performance.  With focus we are able to store information in a way that it is recallable.  Without it our minds drift, never allowing our brain to encode the information in a way that we can access it later.  Recalling vital facts, people’s names, things we read, even just getting stuff done can all be improved with better focus. 
 
Can we improve our focus to improve our memory? Absolutely!  Here are a number of things that you can do to improve your focus.
  

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