Get to work on a bet­ter mem­ory

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Stick to one task at a time

Our mem­ory starts to de­cline from the age of 20, ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, so you need to get smart. The best thing you can do for your brain is to stop mul­ti­task­ing and pri­ori­tise one task at a time. Re­search from the jour­nal Neu­roI­mage found that sub­jects suf­fered a 29% drop in men­tal pro­cess­ing power when do­ing two tasks si­mul­ta­ne­ously, and that brain ac­ti­va­tion for lis­ten­ing fell 53% when sub­jects were try­ing to process vis­ual in­put at the same time.

Al­low your mind to wander

It might sound counter-in­tu­itive, but if your mind starts to drift dur­ing an im­por­tant task then don’t try to fight it – let it wander for a while. Re­search in the jour­nal Con­scious­ness And Cog­ni­tion found that al­low­ing a lit­tle down­time dur­ing busy or stressful pe­ri­ods al­lowed sub­jects to re­turn to work with in­creased cre­ativ­ity and greater prob­lem­solv­ing abil­ity. Even bet­ter, go for an ac­tual wander rather than just a men­tal one to get some fresh air and clear your head.

Do big projects af­ter lunch

If you have a big pre­sen­ta­tion to pre­pare for then do so in the af­ter­noon: sub­jects who re­ceived train­ing af­ter lunch per­formed far bet­ter on sub­se­quent mem­ory tests than those who had been train­ing in the morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Brazil­ian Jour­nal Of Med­i­cal And Bi­o­log­i­cal Re­search. And tak­ing time to go over what you’ve learned be­fore bed can help ce­ment the new­found knowl­edge in your mem­ory, ac­cord­ing to re­search in the on­line jour­nal PLOS One.

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