Do you have the experience of forgetting people's names, numbers, or things you
have put aside? What can you do to improve it? The following are some tips:
Our brain is just like a muscle that needs exercise. Try to develop
observational skills and listen carefully to people.
Reassure yourself that you really want to remember it and exercise after you
learn the person's name. For instance, repeating the person's name for a few minutes
and before going to sleep.
Make associations. Pay attention to the person's facial features, voice, how
he or she smells and dresses. Try to associate the person's name, hair or skin color,
size, communication styles, etc. to something that you are familiar with.
Keep things you need in the same place. Don't move things around too often
which may confuse you or cause problems for you to find things.
If you use "PIN" numbers to access information or accounts, use numbers that
are easier for you to remember. For instance, you might have numbers associated with
someone's birthday or phone number, etc.
Put your reminders in writing and keep them in the place where it is easy for you
to notice and remember.
Nina Chen, ChenN@missouri.edu
Regional Specialist, Human Development
Jackson County, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension