If you're like us then you're constantly forgetting where you put your keys in the morning.
Or you walk into a room to do something and then poof! You can't remember what that something was.
If you're always misplacing things then listen up, because apparently we have an untapped memory reserve that we never use – and really should.
The ancient Greeks first touched on this and a recent study by Cell.com has proved that we can create a 'memory palace' for ourselves.
According to the research, tapping into your 'memory palace' requires you to create vivid images of the things you want to remember later.
So, if you want to remember where you put your keys, visualise them on the kitchen table, so it'll be in your mind for when you want to find them. Make sense?
The study also revealed that if you use this method over 40 days, your brain activity will also increase.
A few Sherlock Holmes vibes going on here…
It’s happened to the best of us.
You see someone you’ve met a few times and realise you’ve drawn a complete blank on their name.
You bluff your way through the conversation, until that cringe moment when someone asks you to introduce them to your anonymous pal!
Here, a few super simple tactics to avoid that awkward moment for good.
When you first meet someone, immediately say their name out loud – “Nice to meet you Sue”
Form an association between the name and the person, such as ‘merry Mary’ or ‘tall Paul’. Do not say this out loud, and especially not in front of the person in question!
Rely on an external memory source. Tell your good-with-names friend or make a note in your phone or diary.
And if all else fails
Even if you can’t remember someone’s name, you can usually recall something about them, which will let them know you didn’t forget them altogether. Say something like, “I’m so bad with names, but I know we take spin together.” Or reintroduce yourself and hope they return the favour. Chances are they can’t remember your name either, so don’t sweat it.