A good memory is necessary to achieve almost any endeavor. The good news is you can develop your memory skills.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Stretch your mind – crossword puzzles and video games. Anything that pushes you to use that grey matter of yours.
2. Spread out your intake of food and drink. When you consume huge amounts, your sugar level spikes and then drops. This reduces your energy and your powers of recall.
3. Exercise. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain.
4. Eat lots of antioxidants – foods like berries and broccoli. Also Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. There is only anecdotal evidence that these can improve your memory but they will make you healthier, so no harm in trying.
5. Develop tricks to help you remember people or events. For example, when meeting a person for the first time, picture a name tag on his/her forehead. Next time you see him/her, call up that name tag.
6. Create associations or rhymes to remember numbers or sayings. A friend has a combination on her bike lock that is 24-38-60. She remembers it by thinking “I wish I were 24, but I’m almost 38 and I hope I’m still riding bikes when I’m 60.” Dumb, but it works.
7. Get adequate amounts of sleep. No one is at their best when tired.
8. When receiving new information, focus on it. Repeat it in your head. Then again.
9. Drop information from your short-term memory into your long-term memory (where information is more reliably stored) by writing it down. What matters is that you transfer information into a tangible format; some experts believe this helps with the transfer into your long-term memory bank. For example, whenever I learn a new word, I type the definition and a sentence using the word. This seems to improve my recall.
10. Don’t stress about your memory. Stress causes all our systems to function at less than optimum levels.