4 Memory-Improvement Hacks for Entrepreneurs

memory improvement hacks

Do you think you have bad memory? At one point or another, we all do. Chances are you’ve forgotten a thing or two, say a birthday or a meeting, that you should’ve remembered. Sometimes, it hardly makes a difference whether you remembered or not. But other times, forgetting something crucial can cause huge ramifications for you and others as well.

Forgetting important events, facts, or milestones can really hinder your overall progress and productivity. For instance, imagine you forgot to submit your project by the deadline, which caused you to be fired from the job altogether and more work put on your colleagues. Even remembering the little things, such as someone’s name, can make a huge difference.

So how does one go about improving their memory? Sure, there are probably scientifically proven ways to do so. But we won’t get into that here. If you want to start improving your memory right now with methods you can easily do, here’s how:

1) Get enough sleep.

We all know getting enough sleep does your body good but it also does wonders for your mind. Many studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can be the equivalent of being intoxicated. Your brain does not function the same or properly when you haven’t gotten a good night’s rest. Be sure to get 7 to 8 hours a night to make sure you’re on your toes the next day. And no, a cup of coffee is not the same as a good night’s rest.

2) Write it down.

While you may count on your brain to remember any and everything, there’s only so much it can handle before it becomes too much. Details can be especially easy to forget. Make things simple on yourself and write it down. All smartphones also come with a reminder feature so that you can set important dates and never forget it.

3) Play some games.

Yes, you read that right – play games. Games that involve problem solving can help sharpen up your thinking skills. Games like sudoku and crosswords puzzles may seem like mindless fun but you’re actually doing brain exercises as well. This helps keep your mind sharp.

4) Use a mnemonic device.

If you’re not familiar, a mnemonic device is any kind of technique that helps you remember something. A mnemonic device can be anything, from an acronym to a catchphrase. Remember in grade school when your teacher taught you the phrase “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally?”, which helped you remember the order of operations in math. Yep, that’s an example of an mnemonic device.

These easy tips can help you remember a little better and hopefully, help your day go smoother.

3 Tips to Create Achievable, Long-Term Goals

Setting long term achievable goals

When we set our long term goals, we can often run into one of these two problems:

  1. We only focus on the short term.
  2. Our goals are too vague.

We often confuse the difference between a to-do and a goal. A to-do list is something you create weekly or daily for routine tasks. These tasks help you “keep the lights on”, so to speak. A goal is something very different. A goal is what we strive to achieve or accomplish. In other words, it’s what we call “the bigger picture”. Where do you want to be 5 years from now? Or ten years from now?

Long term goals are much bigger and require much more effort and strategy. With this in mind, people can often create goals that are either much too vague or much too tactical. While that may be fine for shorter term goals, it’s takes a lot more thought and effort to create long terms goals that lead to success.

1) Think far, far ahead.

A common problem people have is not being able to think too far ahead. We like to live in the moment and while it’s fine to be a little spontaneous once in awhile, we have to think about our future. What are you going to do today that will help you years down the road? Even though 10 years may seem like a long time, it can go by much faster than you think. You want to start building a solid foundation for your future now.

2) Use your short terms goals to help with your long term ones.

Long term goals can seem like a giant, unbeatable challenge. The best way to inch closer to your long term goals is through your short term goals. Your short term and long term goals go hand in hand. They should complement each other. For instance, if you want to become small business owner in 5 years, perhaps you want to start freelancing on the side in the meantime to gain experience.

3) Check on your progress.

The biggest mistake people make when working towards their long term goals is not checking in on their progress. They set it and forget it. To really make progress on your goals, you should create checkpoints or milestones for yourself. Also figure out the length of time appropriate for each checkpoint. Remember to challenge yourself and not give yourself too much time. Your checkpoints will be something you constantly review and revise over time so don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time around.

Stop Doing What You Think You Should Do

Stop Doing What You Think You Should

 

Whenever you’re trying to create a to-do list or prioritize your schedule, do you ever catch yourself saying I should do this or I should do that? For instance, I should spend more time at work or I should eat healthier. Whenever we use the word “should”, it always seems to have a negative meaning attached to it – like you’re being forced to do something you really don’t want to do.

Think about this: if you only did things you wanted to do, would you be a little happier?

If you want to stop doing things you “should” do and start doing more things you “want” to do, then just do it. It’s as simple as that. Here’s why:

Stop Making Yourself Feel Guilty

Sometimes, we do things only because we feel like we have to do them for someone or something else. While that’s not always a bad thing, letting it happen often causes you to feel guilt. You end up spending so much time on things that benefit other people and not enough time on yourself.

Do Things That Make Yourself Better

Whether we realize it or not, we tend to follow a path that others create for us. Sometimes, it’s the right thing for us to do and other times, it’s not. Before you start making plans, you should ask yourself what you are gaining. It’s easy to be the nice guy and always do things for others. But you can still be the nice guy and do things for yourself.

What You Should Do And Want To Do Are Not The Same

We tend to confuse these two things but there is a big difference – what you should do and want you want to do are not the same thing. Yes, what you should do and what you want to do are sometimes the exact same thing; however, they aren’t interchangeable. When you say you should do something, you’re often referring to doing something that someone else or society in general wants you to do. When you say you want to do something, you’re referring to something you enjoy to do or are passionate about.

It’s difficult to say we should stop doing things we “should” do because that’s just simply not true. There will always be things that we should do and things that we have to get done, even if we don’t want to. However, if we decided to do more things we wanted to do, we’d probably feel a little happier and little more fulfilled.

Learn To Be A Kid Again

Learn To Be A Kid Again

Remember the days when you were a kid? You didn’t have much to worry about, except who you were going to share your snacks with or who had cooties in school. Those days were carefree and all about having fun.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could be a kid again”? As an adult, you probably have many times. It’s easy to think back to your childhood and regret that you didn’t spend more time appreciating it.

While you may be an adult now and have real responsibilities, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel like a kid again. In fact, we all need to every now and again. It’s easy to get caught up in work and life but sometimes we have to remind ourselves to live a little and laugh.

Don’t take everything so seriously

As an adult, an important lesson to learn is to take everything you do seriously and do it to the best of your ability. However, there are times when it’s OK to relax a little. Learn not to take everything so seriously. While it may seem irresponsible, it will help you look at the bigger picture. Don’t sweat the small things when they don’t matter in the end. Not everything will go your way and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t stress over the things you can’t control.

Be spontaneous

When was the last time you did something spontaneous, crazy, or spur of the moment? As kids, we don’t think, we just do. Of course, that’s not a good way to go through your adult life. But every once in awhile, those are the moments you need. We can tend to schedule everything down to the last minute. While it keeps us on track, we also have to remember to take a few moments here and there and do something that isn’t on our list. Be a little wild and crazy every now and then. You never know what new idea can come out of it.

Stop worrying

As a society and as adults, we all tend to worry too much. We worry about work, money, our families, etc. – the list can go on and on. Worrying is not always negative. It keeps us grounded and makes us realize what more we have to accomplish. At the same time, we need to learn to stop worrying so much. Most of the time, it isn’t healthy. Learn to accept the circumstances for what they are. If you can’t change them, there’s no use worrying over it.

Laugh a little more

And finally, laugh. As kids, we found laughter and humor in such basic things. Learn to do that as an adult. Find happiness in whatever you do: it’s there.