Last night Landcruisers teamed up with the for a fascinating event on memory health. One of our featured experts, shared several great tips on how to keep your memory sharp and avoid those little annoyances (like forgetting where you put your keys or parked your car). She also explained how to better remember something that you read. Just remember to SING, which stands for Stop, Identify the main point, Never mind the details and Get the gist. Here's how it works:
When you read a lot of stories, whether you're scanning the front page of the newspaper or clicking on links or your favorite web sites, it's easy to forget to pause and just keep moving from one story to the next. But it's important to stop for a second and let what you just read in sink in; otherwise, you never really acquire the info to begin with (so trying to recall it later is going to be next to impossible), says Dr. Green.
Identify the main point
Every story—whether it's a 50 word news item or a 500 page novel—should really have one main point. Think of it this way: If someone were to ask you what the story was about and you could only answer in one sentence, what would you say?
Never mind the details
It's easy to get bogged down with names, dates, percentages, etc. But from a big picture perspective, none of this matters. For example, if you were to read a story about a new cancer drug, remembering the name of the manufacturer or the exact number of people it was tested on isn't very important.
Get the gist
This means getting some of the interesting side facts, but definitely not all of them. So when reading about a new cancer medication, you might also want take note of the fact that it only works for men or that it can't be used in children.
Give this technique a try today and let me know how it works for you. And if you've got any memory tips of your own, please share!
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