For those of you out there who might be on the forgetful side of things, Ron Hale-Evans wrote the perfect book for you, called Mind Performance Hacks. How many times has your spouse asked you to pick up a couple items from the store on the way home, but then you arrive home empty handed having completely forgot the request? This evaporation of short term memory is far more common than you think, so for those of you out there who are saying to yourself, “that’s definitely me”, you aren’t alone. There are a plethora of techniques in which you can put into action that will allow you to keep these memories at the forefront of your mind.
The first tip is how to create a mental list that will allow you to quickly retrieve what you had recently stored away in that beautiful mind of yours. You might use this method to memorize shopping lists, or any other list that is ten items or less.
Step 1: Remember 10 key words. You will notice that the words selected below rhyme with the number they are associated with.
Step 2: Take each item on your list and pair them with a keyword by visualizing the two words in a weird and memorable way . If you look at the list below you can see how Ron uses the keywords to remember what he needs to get before leaving the house.
1 :: gun :: medication
I never leave the house without this. I imagine a gun firing pills scattershot in all directions.
2 :: shoe :: keys
I imagine the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe trying to open the front door of her giant shoe with her keys while dozens of her children are tugging on her skirt.
3 :: tree :: cell phone
I imagine a tree with a 1920s-style varnished black telephone handset and mouthpiece protruding from it. A pair of bells on the tree ring loudly.
4 :: door :: notebook
I imagine my Moleskine Mini notebook grown to enormous size. The front cover swings open like a door with a huge Inner Sanctum creak of hinges. (I never go anywhere without my catch [Hack #13].)
5 :: hive :: wallet
I imagine opening my wallet and a swarm of bees flying out into my face. Argh!
6 :: sticks :: PDA
I imagine using a scratchy wooden stick with leaves as a stylus to write on my PDA. (This also reminds me to bring a stylus, in case I forget in step 10.)
7 :: heaven :: eyeglasses
I imagine my eyeglasses shining, because they are made out of the same nacreous material as the Pearly Gates.
8 :: gate :: handkerchief
I imagine my handkerchief tied to the post of an ordinary garden gate and flapping in the wind like a flag as the gate swings back and forth.
9 :: wine :: Swiss Army knife
I imagine that one of the blades of my red Swiss Army knife is actually a miniature wine bottle and that when I open it, a flood of red wine pours out.
10 :: hen :: pen
I imagine that a hen is pecking at a bunch of the four-color pens I use, which lie about on the ground in abundance with some PDA styluses.
Your imagination is really the only limitation when it comes to putting this visualization tip into action.
Wishing you massive memory retrieval this weekend!