Our memories are not used to full capacity, as many studies have shown. We don’t even utilize a lot of the “room” have up in our brains, but there are ways we can definitely improve upon how we use it and how much of the things we have stored in our memories.
This means we can “pull” these memories to the forefront more on demand. There are several obstacle in the way of our day to day memory. Things like stress, too much on your “to do” list, and even hormonal fluctuations, particularly in women with estrogen deficiencies, can dramatically decrease your ability to call up memories on demand, like you should be able to do.
One of the things I’ve found, and what I’ve learned from reading books on increasing productivity and also by attending classes at work called Getting Things Done, is that writing things down dramatically helps.
What you don’t even realize is that half the time you’re trying so desperately to remember what you just thought about having to do twenty minutes ago and dredging up that memory, that this gets in the way of you remembering the new things.
If you have to focus on a new project for instance, or you are trying to just get something that you are CURRENTLY working on done, you have less room in your capacity to focus if you are trying to think of the million other things you need to do.
But guess what? Writing it down helps take your mind off the fact that you have to remember yet another task. It gives you the peace of mind to feel ok about focus on on the task at hand. This alone, this one small thing, has worked wonders for me.
I carry a pad around in my car, in my purse and in my office where I write things down so I don’t forget the thought I had. That way, I can get on with what I really have to do, and be productive!