How many times have you said "I should know this!", or "I thought I learned this already.". Maybe you think you have a bad memory, like I've told myself a hundred times.
I've watched easily over a hundred hours of video on the Egyptians, so you would think I would know a lot about them. If you asked me a simple question on them, I couldn't answer it.
Or the fact that I've watched hundreds of hours of study material but half the time I have to go back and redo it later when I actually need it.
That got me asking myself, why is that?!
I've come to a realization that it's not a bad memory, but it's how I process the data coming in.
We are bombarded with input daily, from work, home, family, friends, news, tv, our phones and a million other ways.
Our brain is designed to be able to filter all of that and hold on to whats important.
Just because we assume our brains should work a certain way, doesn't mean that is how they work. You assuming you should just remember everything you see, hear, feel, smell, say... doesn't make it reality.
You still need to help your brain know what-is-what when it comes to important memories, so that it's able to be a fine tune machine.
That is where it comes to writing things down! This tells your brain that it's important and most likely needs to be saved long term.
You read it as you write it. It not only gives you a verbal input (in your head or perhaps you voice it), but a visual input.
I've been practicing this, writing things down that I want to remember and I saw improvement immediately.
All those years you thought high school teachers had you write things down, just to be annoying? Well who knew they had this answer all along?!
Want some other helpful tips to improve your memory? Check out some random links I found on the innerwebz yo!