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Memory Fitness Toolkit 


Pay attention

Paying attention is essential to the recall of information. If the information does not register, how can you expect to retrieve it later?

TO DO: Pick 3 activities you plan to do today. Notice how many times you are interrupted. Notice if you get completely sidetracked. Notice how long it takes to actually takes to do the task.

If I ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to
patient attention than any other talent.
Isaac Newton


You can reduce stress and frustration by improving your organizational skills. You may find yourself wasting less time. Reducing clutter can make it easier to find something in your environment.

TO DO: Choose one small area that is cluttered. Begin sorting it out. Are there some things that you can throw away? Do some of the things need to be stored in a different place?

Nothing is truly lost. It’s just where it doesn’t belong.
Suzanne Mueller


Memory props are essential. If you want to maximize your memory, it is usually easier if you do things in your prime time. Repetition is an excellent way to develop your ability to focus. Visualization is a powerful tool.

TO DO: Go out of your way to meet anew person today. Introduce yourself and say their names several times. Notice an outstanding feature. Do they have a nickname? Were they named after someone? Verify the spelling of their name. Say their name again when you are leaving. Are you able to recall it later in the day?

Be like a postage stamp - stick to one thing until you get there.
Leroy Satchel Page


 Lifestyle Choices

 NUTRITION - Breakfast is very important. It increases your blood sugar level and helps you maintain mental clarity throughout the day. Low blood sugar interferes with brain functioning. If you have special diet restrictions, take them seriously.

SLEEP -  Relax and unwind before you go to bed. When you are feeling less alert or groggy, you are less likely to pay attention.

EXERCISE - Some type of exercise on a daily basis will improve the circulation of blood to your brain. Your mental alertness will increase.

He who would live long must sometimes change his way of living.
Italian Saying


 There are so many things that you do remember day in and day out even though you may experience periodic memory lapses. Notice the things you do remember and give yourself credit when a strategy works.

TO DO:List 10 things in your life for which you are grateful. Which ones made a major difference? Don’t take the little things for granted either. Practice appreciation each day. Keep adding to your list.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?
Leroy Satchel Page


Humor is a great stress reliever. How many times a day do you laugh? Children laugh many more times a day than an adult. What brings a smile to your face or tickles your funny bone? Put more of that into your life.

TO DO:Take off your watch for the day. Do not check the clock. Just let the day’s activities evolve. When you are hungry, eat. When tired, just rest.

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
Elbert Hubbard

Brain Aerobics

Memory is enhanced by keeping your mind active. Are you in a rut? Do you need to combat some mental laziness? What interests your most? Keeping your mind engaged is an essential step on the path to memory fitness.

TO DO: Memorize something today. Pick out something that appeals to you. Perhaps you will memorize a joke. Maybe you want to learn the names of some newly elected officials. Here is a quote to memorize by Benjamin Franklin. Let every year make you a better person.

The growth of the human mind is still high adventure,
in many ways the highest adventure on earth

Norman Cousins