Having a sharp mind is essential.
Whether you are in the workforce or still studying, we all know how important it is to process information and details correctly. As they say, “the devil is in the details.” We all know how crucial pieces of information are. Whether they are instructions man or simple directions, how we remember things make or break everything.
Unfortunately, in this digital age, distractions are everywhere. Wherever you look, people are looking down on their phones. Whether during commute or when you’re walking the streets, you will notice that everyone is busy with their phones.
However, there are instances that being busy is not the case. Sometimes, people just have short attention spans. And having a short attention span leads to lack of focus. And having lack of focus leads to poor results.
In our respective daily grinds, having a sharp memory and unwavering focus are important. There should be no room for distraction. Everything should be clear. Everything should be correct down to the littlest of details. Because if we are not mindful of these things – these bits of information – everything will start crumbling down.
To avoid these boo-boos, we need to learn how to enhance our memory and focus. And this is what this article is all about.
Are you still with us? Hang tight. Consider this a test of focus as well! At the end, you will be thankful you finished reading this.
Improving memory and focus
There are many ways on how to enhance your memory and focus. In this section, we will dwell first on the easiest ways/hacks on how to feed your brain with information.
For this part, picture yourself inside your office or classroom. The following tips will help you absorb and information easily. Be sure to take note of them.
- Pay attention but don’t hesitate to ask again if necessary. When a person is talking to you, make sure to look at them and listen closely. We know they have a lot to say and it will be impossible for us to keep up. The solution? Don’t force yourself to absorb everything.
If you missed something that was said, ask the person to repeat it or to speak more slowly. There is no harm in asking.
- Paraphrase; use keywords. Paraphrase what is said to make sure that you understand it and to reinforce the information. For example, if someone says, "We can have dinner either at Mow’s at 7:30 or at Jack’s at 7:50," you might respond, "Which would you prefer, 7:30 at Mow’s or 7:50 at Jack’s?" The use of keywords/acronyms is no longer a new thing for those who are studying for their exams or for those who work at a corporate setting. Terms like EOD (end of day), COB (close of business), ETA (estimated time of arrival) are some of the prominent examples that can help you absorb information easily. You can actually create your own and, in no time, you’ll realize this is also a fun activity!
- Find a quiet place. Nothing is more distracting than noise. If you find that you tend to become distracted during conversations, try getting together with people in quiet environments. Absorbing information at a very noisy setting is a skill and not all of us has that. Don’t hesitate to ask the person talking to you to discuss your business elsewhere that has little to no noise pollution.
- Avoid interruptions.
Sometimes, all it takes to have one’s focus uninterrupted is to wave people away. The key here is to do it politely and by asking nicely. If someone asks you something while you're in the middle of working, ask if the person can wait until you're finished. Resist the temptation into checking your social media while you’re in the middle of work – don’t waste your momentum!
Natural ways to improve memory and focus
Are you still with there? Good. Earlier we talked about the hacks on how to easier absorb information and remain focused, in this section, we will dwell on natural ways that can help improve your memory and focus.
This should be quick and won’t take too much of your time.
- Eat less sugar.
People who consume lots of added sugar may have poorer memories and lower brain volumes than those who consume less sugar.
- Meditate. Meditation is for your brain. Research suggests meditation may increase gray matter in the brain and improve spatial working memory.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a body mass index within the normal range may help you avoid a host of issues associated with obesity, including a poorer memory.
- Get enough sleep daily. Studies have consistently associated sufficient sleep with better memory performance. Sleep helps consolidate memories. You perform better when you’re well rested than if you’re sleep deprived.
- Reduce alcohol intake. Alcohol has neurotoxic effects on the brain, including reducing memory performance. Occasional moderate drinking isn’t an issue, but binge drinking can damage your hippocampus, a key area of your brain associated with memory.
- Brain games. Games that challenge your brain – board games and card games – may help you strengthen your memory and may even reduce the risk of dementia.
- Exercise. Exercise brings incredible benefits for your whole body, including your brain. Even moderate exercise for short periods has been shown to improve cognitive performance, including memory, across all age groups.
- Make vitamin B-12 your friend. Having enough B-12 in your diet can improve memory. B-12 can slow cognitive decline in people with early Alzheimer’s when taken together with omega-3 fatty acids. You should be able to get enough B-12 naturally, as it’s found in foods such as fish and poultry. Fortified breakfast cereal is a good option for vegetarians. Vitamin B-12 is part of B-Complex. Daily intake of this helps in the enhancement of your memory and focus.
Still with us? Thank you. Good job!
Having a sharp mind and unwavering focus are essential in our daily lives. More than hardwork, our future also depends on how we think, process, and absorb information. Make sure to take care of your brain! Because a healthy brain – a healthy mind – leads to a better life.