It can be frustrating when you forget the simplest of things, like someone’s name, a household chore, or something at the store. Better memory all comes down to three factors: motivation, observation and mechanics.
What is it about the little things that make them so hard to remember? The problem mostly lies in our approach to remembering. Jim Kwik is a memory and speed-reading expert that travels and teaches his methods all over the country. Recently he sat down to talk with Lewis Howes on The School of Greatness podcast and shared his simple “MUM” system for a better memorisation groundwork:
- Motivation: What’s the fuel? Ask yourself why you need to remember something. Reasons reap results.
- Observation: Memory issues are usually attention issues, not retention issues. Be present in the moment, listen, and stay aware of your surroundings as best you can.
- Mechanics: Find a process or trick that works for different situations and practise it. Over and over. You won’t get better at memorising names until you start practising it.
Kwik is quick to note that there is no magical instant way to have better memory. It’s a process that takes some work and dedication, but if you can grasp the motivation and observation parts, it will help take you most of the way. Look, listen, and when you need to remember something, tell yourself why you need to. The whole talk in the video above is pretty interesting and worth a watch.