by: Jeff Earlywine
If you are like most people, you
will eventually forget an important engagement, a special meeting or a to-do
that you thought of while you were in the shower. The question is, “How can you
keep from forgetting those necessary items without drastically changing your
I really feel foolish when I
leave my house of a morning, get to the office and realize that I have
forgotten something at home. Once, when I was a kid, I almost went to school
without my shoes on. As humorous as that sounds, it taught me something about
remembering things and “memory markers.”
Below are three memory markers
that everyone can apply to their life. Whatever your personality and lifestyle,
you can successfully apply at least one, if not all three, of these markers to
Marker #1: Picture It
The once great Boston Celtics
basketball player, Jerry Lucas, has made a living educating people on how to
remember names and other important information. He does this with the use of picture
association. In fact, he states that he has memorized most, if not all, of the
Bible. His secret works like this. When you have to remember something, just
picture it in your mind. For example, picture yourself driving home today and
your spouse calls and asks you to pick up a “few” things from the grocery
store: milk, cheese, green beans and orange juice. Since you are driving in
your car and don’t have anything to write with, you try to log the list in your
short-term memory bank. One way to remember the list is through picture
association. Here is how it works. Develop the following pictures in your mind:
Milk: a LARGE cow standing on a very large gallon of milk. Cheese: that same
cow has a very large piece of cheese in its mouth. Green beans: the grass
around the cow is not really grass but green beans growing like grass. Orange
juice: the final item can be remembered by making the cow totally orange. Try
it. It works.
Marker #2: Position It
One of the best ways not to
forget something tangible is to leave it beside something that you will not, or
cannot, forget. For instance, if you want to make sure you take a special piece
of chocolate pie to the office, place it beside something that you will
definitely take with you; your keys, purse, etc . . . This simple little marker
will keep you from looking foolish and frustrated.
Marker #3: Put It Down
Always remember, the faintest
ink is better than the best memory. I have gotten up many times in the middle
of the night to write something down. Even if God speaks to you during the
night, or during your prayer time, there is no guarantee that you will remember
it unless you write it down. Now, where do you write it? Having one central
place to write all of your important information is best. However, when an
inspirational thought or a simple to-do hits your mind, write it down anywhere.
You can transfer it to that central place later.
I know these are very simple and
basic ideas, but I bet you will see a difference if you commit to trying them
for one week. Prove me wrong if you can.
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