It’s time to walk the dog. Did the doctor say…? I’m sorry, I forgot. With memory difficulties I forget things now and then, not all the time.
My Memory Tricks
1 – iPhone alarms give me reminders every day for tasks. Suri makes this easy.
2 – Post-its provide lists and reminders at my desk, on the door and refrigerator, in my pocket and wallet, and sometimes on my shirt!
3 – I request others to send me a text or email of information or tasks I have agreed to complete. This works with friends, family, and even city hall for my taxes.
4 – To remember a number of items I imagine them all in one scene.
5 – When I meet someone new I say their name several times in conversation.
6 – Having someone with me for appointments and meetings assures I have a second resource later. Speaker phone can allow someone to join me who could not be there.
7 – My medical alert bracelet has my name and contact information for two family members just in case I am lost and do not remember who I am. I have not forgotten myself yet, however, I have lost memory of significant people in my life.
8 – Playing strategy games is fun and assists in memory.
9 – I stick to one task at a time. Gone are the days of multi-tasking.
10 – I am a life-long learner. By learning new things I create new pathways in my brain.
11 – Everything has a place. Routine helps me to keep track of myself and things.
12 – iPhone navigator, calendar, address book, and apps are helpful too.
13 – I keep important or immediate tasks to complete in plain sight.
14 – Photographs help me to remember events and people. I take pictures, videos and step-by-step demonstrations of how to do something.
In addition to tricks, I give fair warning to others if they are relying on me. When all of these fail or I get lazy, I risk forgetting.
Memory Tricks Links
1 – Memory tricks: Ten simple ways to recall anything – http://www.thelearningweb.net/memory-tricks.html
2 – 7 tricks to improve your memory – http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/14/7-tricks-to-improve-your-memory/
3 – Reader’s Digest: 20 Memory Tricks You’ll Never Forget – http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/20-memory-tricks-youll-never-forget/