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I'm really bad at remembering things. Are there ways to improve my memory?

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 5:37pm, 3rd Mar 2018. | Views: 94 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
5:37pm, 3rd Mar 2018.



Father, husband, entrepreneur

20w ago

Overcoming memory problems

Step 1 - Recognition of the problem

First of all you have made a progress by recognizing the fact that you have memory issues.

Step 2 – what is going on, generally?

As matter of fact, according to a new survey from researchers at Gallup and the University of California, Los Angeles, certain lifestyle factors may lead to early onset of memory problems, no matter the person’s age.

During the research over 18,500 individuals, ages 18 to 99, were asked about memory problems and the lifestyle factors. Unsurprisingly, memory problems were more prevalent as people aged. Twenty percent of the respondents had memory issues, with 14 percent of them being young adults, 22 percent being middle-aged, and 26 percent being older.



Except purely genetic factors it was also found that among all the lifestyle factors, people who were depressed, physically inactive, weren’t educated, and had high blood pressure, were more likely to have problems with memory. Depression affected all age groups the most. And having just one of these problems dramatically increased memory issues — those who had more than one were even more likely to forget.

Among younger adults, the problem could just be stress, which bogs down the brain with anxiety and emotion, giving it fewer resources to consolidate memory. The researchers said that this, along with millennials' tendencies to overuse cell phones, may cause memory problems through the fact that none of them are paying attention to the world beyond their fingertips.

Step 3 – personal circumstances

It seems that the findings of this research could be applied to your case, and thus due to the fact that:

1. You are probably young

2. You are under stress of some level because you under some obvious pressure caused by your studies (or it could be anything else – constant need to multitask, life pressures, work overload, family issues…)

3. You might practice cell phone overuse – well, who doesn’t

4. Etc.

There might be very various factors which affect you condition and it would be wise to figure out whether those circumstances are caused by some clinical factors which should be treated using traditional or alternative medicine.

·Step 4 – setting goals

It is clear that for you as a student, as same as for anybody else, is absolutely necessary to have a clear vision of goals that you wish to achieve. Those should be short and long range goals –like finishing studies (as a long range goal) or just getting over with exams (as a short range goal).

Step 5 – realization of how memory issues affect your goals

You must realize how exactly your memory issues affect your short and long range goals. It is not enough just to recognize the problem as existing one. You should go deep and to figure out how exactly it affects you.

For example - Is it hard for you to concentrate when approaching daily task, before you start dealing with? Do you feel uncomfortable during the task? Does it cause you to feel disorganized?

Step 6 – think of your brain as a machine

The human body is a machine consisting of many different, interconnected machines. Each machine (heart, lungs, intestines, etc.) runs at its own individual speed, but all function in a specific, predetermined relationship to each other.



The brain uses content-addressable memory - the brain uses content-addressable memory, such that information can be accessed in memory through “spreading activation” from closely related concepts. For example, thinking of the word “fox” may automatically spread activation to memories related to other clever animals, fox-hunting horseback riders, or attractive members of the opposite sex.

The end result is that your brain has a kind of “built-in Google,” in which just a few cues (key words) are enough to cause a full memory to be retrieved.

Step 7 – making interim conclusion

Given that you have referred to and passed steps 4-6 above, it becomes clear that ONE OF MOST PROBABLE SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PROBLEM IS SETTING UP KIND OF “CUES/KEYWORD INPUT/RETRIEVAL MECHANISM”.

If you are able to input and store in real time information which has to be reused later, and you are able to retrieve this information (even artificially though) using your own keywords and/or referrals and/or your own logic, you probably will be able to overcome implications of memory issues.

Step 8 – Suggested solution

Early conditions:

1. You must recognize initial 7 steps at least in general

2. You should understand that the proposal is not a medical diagnosis or a medical recommendation

3. The degree of success depends to a great extent on you, and on you alone.

4. You must have an Android smartphone (till IOS version is not released)

A central premise

MEMORY ISSUES AFECT OUR PRODUCTIVITY

Technology enabled productivity



Technology has enabled massive personal productivity gains — computers, phones, and other advances have made it possible for a knowledge worker to seemingly produce more in a day then was previously possible in a year, or speaking in terms of personal productivity (even in cases of memory problems) – to gain more for less efforts spent on any particular task.

Patterns of use of mobile phones

A study released by Deloitte in 2015 found that Americans collectively check their smartphones upwards of 8 billion times per day collectively, with average of 46 times per day. The survey found that most people check their phones while shopping, watching television, and during leisure time. One reason the survey founds Americans are checking their phones more often now than ever before is because more people are using their phones for financial transactions.

Given the above, it is quite obvious that people are using their phones for numerous tasks while at least part of which are vitally important ones, such as financial transactions for business people, social networks for youth, shopping for shopping lovers etc.

Productivity in personal perspective

People always equate productivity with working harder (what is not so relevant having in mind memory issues) . Some of us eventually wise up and think about how we can work smarter. But we almost never think about the third element which has most tremendous effect on whether we succeed in our chores or not - how to make decisions which most likely would get us closer to the desired result. Most people fail to concentrate on consistent steps necessary to achieve the desired goals since they perceive a high cost of failure - "It might not work." That scares us, and we hedge. Instead of focusing, we split our attention among different projects, not giving any one the attention it needs to succeed.

To summarize things up, the way towards personal productivity (whether you have memory problems or not) is based on 3 principles:

1. Making focused decisions

2. Working smarter

3. Working harder

The reality and Interim Conclusions

Unfortunately the reality is that we live in “Multitasking world”. We have no choice but multitask constantly and the scope of daily tasks, whether business or personal tasks related, are on a constant rise. Yet, by attempting to do too many things at once, none of us will get the time and energy it needs to succeed at it all, and most likely we’ll have a very hard time to keep making the right decisions to achieve our goals due to multiplicity of decisions to be made. Yet, we will not stop using smartphones, we’ll adopt new digital services and will not stop multitasking whether we are productive at doing stuff or less.

Possible solutions merit

Given the above it seems that in order to increase the level of personal mobile productivity, we will have to offer mobile phone users tools and applications that amplify the efficiency of all 3 aforementioned principles:

1. Making focused decisions (by providing tool to focus on particular activity) - to know what you need

2. Working smarter (tool to obtain data, to use it and to retrieve when necessary) -by using clues or keywords

3. Working harder (here we actually need to make things easier for users).

Moreover, since we all are different, any kind of possible solution has to contain extremely high level of customizability to fit any particular needs of any user.

And FromX does it all!!! Maybe not perfectly yet, but it gets better constantly.

Check it out here - https://play.google.com/store/ap...[1]



Imagine you could set goals, make an outline to achieve them, and track each your steps (backwards and onwards) using single tool?!

Imagine you could complete all your mobile tasks - organizing all mobile data (apps, bookmarks, notes, contacts (as online stored contacts or .vcf files), files etc.) according to your personal preferences, browsing all digital information sources (apps, WebPages, web services, social networks etc.), sorting, storing, reusing, syncing, sharing all possible mobile data out of single app?!!

With FromX you can do it all!!

Real life example:

I will tell you a story how my younger neighbor who studies at college and who has some attention and concentration issues (clinical ones – he takes Prozac) found an app which helps him tremendously to overcome his disabilities and allows him to achieve great scores.

Can you imagine – app that helps even to those who have clinical issues!!!

So how he does it and how the app helps him?

Let’s begin with small intro.

As mentioned – he has attention and concentration issues.

He always struggled to keep his attention during lessons, summarizing stuff, studying towards exams, and gathering studied materials etc.

Don’t get me wrong – he is not mentally challenged, he is just too much disorganized.

It was hard, till he discovered FromX.

Here what he did:

1. He downloaded it and signed up

2. He created “Studies” category

3. He added several subcategories according to courses he takes (Math, French…)

4. Within each such subcategory (course) he imported related apps, bookmarks of relevant websites. If I remember right, those were Timetable app, Duolingo app, bookmarked Lynda website etc. To each subcategory related information sources, apps…

5. For each lesson in this particular course (as same as in any other courses) he always opened Note and called it “First lesson”, “Second lesson”…

6. Within each relevant note he wrote down summarized content of this lesson, added recorded audio file of the lesson, added files with written summaries made by other students, pictures and sometime even class video record.

7. Not just he can now reach any information related to any course or lesson within few moments, he actually became one of the most organized students and now he shares any data (files, records, screenshots, bookmarks etc.) with his friends and other students by single tap on related file.

So tell me, if FromX was able to transform clinically disorganized person (condition which is at least equal to some memory issues) to become super productive – do You imagine how can it impact YOU?

I think you got my point.

By the way – the example here relates to studies only. But actually FromX changed his life in all aspects:

· He adapted FromX to his genuine needs and his own logic

· He utilizes FomX as life organizer in all activities he is involved with

· His phone became continuation of him, literally.

· He succeeds where he failed previously, and does it easy



So back to your question – If THERE IS SOME WAY (APP) THAT HELPS TO OVERCOME MEMORY PROBLEMS AND BOOST PRODUCTYVITY – IT MUST BE FromX.

Footnotes



Brycen Martz

studies Physics & Neuroscience at Austin College (2021)

Yes. For starters to remember specific things, simply think about them more often. This will tell your brain that they are important, therefore strengthening the neural connection. If you want to improve your general memory put yourself in situations where you “need” to remember, like flash cards or memory games. Your brain only does what it “needs” to i.e. what it has to do often. Your brain adapts and changes throughout your life, mainly when you're younger, based off of what is required of it. Then it allocates its limited resources to improve the "important” functions. If really you want to improve your memory you have to work at it, and to have a great memory it has to become an important part of your life, again younger brains are easier to change, so if it's important in your early years you are more likely to retain it.



Russell Josey(조나일)

former 1997- IMF volunteer:school (IMF 한국 Club, IMF 한국 지원 at Volunteerism

My memory is excellent but I leave nothing to chance. I write everything done on paper. Or I may put it into my phone To be reminded at that time. The writing process will also have you remember it mentally.



Clayton Fischer

works at Research In Future Technologies, R.I.F.T

yep, the most common way. take what you want to remember, and use it or think about it in detail, once or twice a day, every day, for a long time. repetition of use is the most guaranteed way to remember things. otherwise importance, if something is so very important to you, you should be able to remember it without needed repetition.

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