Who better to help absent-minded men (and women) everywhere, than the man who literally wrote the book on memory? Read on to get the tips…
Shortlist Magazine – 3rd February 2011
Sick of that ‘where’s my wallet’ feeling? We asked Tony Buzan, creator of Mind Maps and founder of the World Memory Championships (Thinkbuzan.com) to jog our minds.
“Put down your keys, wallet and phone in the same place every time,” he says. “Give them a ‘memory home’. It seems obvious, because it is, but you probably don’t do it.”
Senses are very important. “When you put down the remote control, make sure you look at it. Remember the feel of it and the sound it makes when you put it down.
“Work on your imagination and association skills,” he continues. “Practise visualising objects and places, and make connections between them. The more connections you make, the more routes to the memory you’ll have.”
Stick to the healthy body, healthy mind mantra. “Keeping fit means more oxygen gets to your brain,” Buzan adds. “Make a hobby of your memory. If you train it well, it can improve as you get older. There is no excuse for scratching your head, wondering where you left the car.”
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