Jotting a memory jogger in the air!

You know how there are often lists of suggestions published from “studies” about different aspects of life?  Well, last week I saw one that particularly interested me because it was about ways that have been discovered to improve memory — something I don’t seem to have much of any more.

And one of the suggestions in the list that particularly struck me was one that made a connection between writing something down, i.e., the act of actually writing something, and your ability to remember it.  The point was made that if you hear the information and also write it, you are using two different parts of your brain to help you remember it.

It gave the example of a child solving a math problem by “writing” it with their finger in the air.

It said that, for instance, if you want to remember the name of a person you’ve just met, if paper and pen are available, writing the name down will help you remember it.  But, if they aren’t available, just writing it with a finger in the palm of your hand will also help.

This all made sense to me, so I have tried it a couple times and I think it actually did help.  Yesterday at golf, a friend returned a book I had loaned her and we talked about another I have that she would like to read.  Now, all I have to do is remember to take it to golf to give to her.

So I, to her great amusement, wrote in the air (as I said it aloud) “Book for Marilyn”.  And, I bet I have thought about taking that book to Marilyn next week a half dozen times in the approximately 24 hours since we talked about it.  Now THAT is an improvement!

So, I’m going to remember this little tip and see if it won’t help my woefully poor memory.

7 Responses to Jotting a memory jogger in the air!

  1. chrissy says:

    that’s cool! I’m going to try it out too! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Sandra says:

    If you DO try it, Chrissy, I suggest you are careful about who is watching — it may make you look a little “odd”. 🙂

  3. C. Beth says:

    I agree, it could look a litle odd 🙂 but maybe worth a shot…. I’m not so good at the name thing.

  4. carlahoag says:

    Good tip. I find that I’m forgetting more and more things as I get older and it worries me a bit (actually more than a little bit). Some of the things I’ve tried to do to exercise my brain cells are playing trivial pursuit and at least attempting to work all of the different kinds of puzzles in the crossword puzzle book. Used to, I did the ones I knew how and ignored the rest.

    Thanks for idea!

  5. Sandra says:

    Beth — I used to be good with names, but not any more. But it’s not just names — it’s EVERYTHING! Be sure to wear your name tag when you visit me in “the home”. 🙂

    Carla — Have you tried Sudoku? I love it and I like to think it works some of those “brain muscles”. 🙂

  6. carlahoag says:

    I love Sudoku, too. The 4 Star (or difficult ones) are really hard. Sometimes I can do one, but more often not. Could you show me how in October in Tulsa? Also, would you email me the dates when you’ll be there so we can plan our trip up for the same time?

  7. Sandra says:

    Carla — I don’t think I am the one to give you any advice on working Sudoku’s! I’m not particularly good at it — I just enjoy it. 🙂 I did e-mail you with our plans, but we are in the process of being switched to Frontier from Verizon for our e-mail, so maybe it didn’t get through. I’ll try again. 🙂

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