7 Day Memory Fitness Plan for Tuesdays: Pay Attention

See if you can relate to this information. A gentleman who attends my memory fitness programs shared a graph which suggested we spend 30% of our time sleeping, 30% working or playing, 10% eating and 30% looking for what was in our hand one minute ago.

Why? You need to pay attention at least 5 seconds in order to retain the information. You also need to be able to hear it so those with a hearing loss may need to verify the information. With all the distractions in our lives, it is likely that you are not giving something your full attention. Multitasking is not a friend to paying attention. When you are task switching it is likely you will not get the information in its entirety or miss some of the details.

Begin to notice when you cannot find something that was just in your hand. Perhaps you  put it down while in the process of doing something else like answering your phone. Or you may be standing in front of the refrigerator and wondering what you were looking for. Did you go directly there or do a few other things on your way? Were you interrupted or did you task switch?

Tuesday is paying attention day in the 7 day memory fitness program. Every Tuesday for at least the next month or two, find a way to improve your ability to pay attention throughout your day. To improve your focus, give what you are doing your full attention for at least 5 seconds.

Here are a few ideas to pick from. Write a different one on your calendar for each Tuesday or modify these ideas to fit your routine. Try and do it periodically throughout the entire day. Create your own ideas for future weeks.

1. Take a walk, look out the window, or sit in a familiar area and pay attention to the
details.
2. Give someone your full attention when they are speaking to you. Shift back to listening
when you are distracted.
3. Do just one thing at a time. Just eat, read, drive, wash dishes or make a meal.
4. Close your eyes and relax. Listen to your favorite music and do nothing else.

“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”   Keanu Reeves

Quick Link to all blogs and resource to compliment your 7 day program:
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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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