Concentration is key to improve your memory!
A lot of the information we have to remember in modern life is presented differently but just by concentrating a little harder, you can improve your memory and improve your life.
Does it surprise you to learn that eight seconds is the amount of time you need to completely focus your attention upon something in order to effectively transfer it from you short to your long-term memory?
Sometimes the reason that you can’t remember something is because you never got the information into your memory to begin with. Everyone has those moments where you put your keys or your glasses down without noticing. Inevitably we end up wasting a lot of time looking for the lost items later on.
But the items were lost in the first place because our minds were not in the present and were really not concentrating on what we were doing.
A simple way to improve your memory is to keep your mind on the present and really pay close attention to what you are doing at the moment.
One way to concentrate on even the smallest actions is to repeat out loud what you’re doing. For example, say aloud, “I am putting my keys on the kitchen counter” as you put your keys down.
You should also minimize distractions like music, television or phone calls to allow yourself to focus fully on what you are doing.
Simply concentrating on the present will boost your ability to remember the names of new people that you meet.
Often times when meeting new people, we can be more obsessed with how we look and the impression that we are making than actually paying attention to what the person is saying. You can practice your ability to concentrate by reading an article in a newspaper or a magazine and then explaining the article to someone else.
Were you able to remember all of the details or do you need to pay better attention when you’re reading? Although writing is a rich and useful medium, our brains do not easily encode written information which makes the information we read difficult to remember.
Just by concentrating a little harder, you can improve on the way that you take in this kind of information. After watching one of your favorite television shows, see if you can remember the outfits that various characters wore throughout the program.
If you can remember many of the small details, then your memory is getting good exercise.
Some memory improvement techniques require you to think of entertaining and useful visualizations for incoming information.
One important thing is that this skill will be useless if you’re not concentrating on what you need to remember in the first place. Some people scribble things like phone numbers or one-word reminders on Post-It notes to help them to remember things thinking that it is all of the information they will need later. But, without concentrating on why you need the information in the first place and its value to you, that slip of paper is useless.
So what is concentration?
“Concentration is the Most Important Intellectual Habit of Man.” Quote
Not one person in ten thousand can really concentrate. Some realize that they do not know how—others drift along the line of least resistance and let their minds vegetate, apparently never suspecting their weakness or realizing that they are an utter failure at concentration.
To hold steadily all your power on the central thing under consideration without an instant of wavering—that is Concentration.
This ONE THING I Do
A difficult thing to do, and very few minds can do it. St. Paul gives us the shortest definition of concentration on record when he says, ” This one thing I do,” short, but tremendously significant. Another Bible definition is excellent: “
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
Some men work that way, intense fellows and brilliant professional men, big business men,executives and leaders in the world of finance, science, invention, literature and education it does not matter what kind of work, the point is that when these men work, they work on one thing —when they write a book, they write a book—when they manage a sales campaign, they manage a sales campaign.
That one thing they do at that one time, and nothing else, and every ounce they have goes into the doing. But back of all this has been a lot of mental discipline, a lot of habit-forming, a lot of brain-building.
In conclusion, you must pay attention to one thing only, focus in the information that you are receiving before you store it in your mind.
The multi-tasking idea has confused more people over time that what is worth, so stop it. Get back to the basic of concentrating in one thing at a time, and over time you will be better off.
To your success…Life Coach Lionel Sanabria
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