There is always something new coming up at work: other teammates and business partners, new passwords and PIN codes, changed deadlines and postponed appointments. In order not to lose the overview, you can train your working memory.
These 5 tips can help:
# 1 Improve Attention
Memory goes hand in hand with attention, that is: if we have focused on something, we do not forget it so quickly. So we improve our memory by increasing our ability to concentrate. This can be practiced anytime and anywhere: Instead of increasing multitasking skills, it is better to be fully focused on just one thing. It helps to reduce distractions: for example, mute the notification tones of your mobile phone or only check emails every hour.
# 2 Write it down and say it out loud
The tip is not new, but it is effective: when we write things down, we visualize them and also translate them into our own words. This is how we internalize information. It doesn’t matter where you write down important things like appointments: it can be a piece of paper, a pocket calendar or a smartphone. However, calendars should be checked and updated daily. It is also helpful to say things you want to remember aloud – such as new names or vocabulary.
# 3 Tell others about it
Things you have told someone else about are also better remembered. This combines the effect of speaking out loud with the memory that you have reported it to a friend or colleague. For example, if the next day is a negotiation about a project with your boss, explain the arguments for the project to your partner the evening before.
# 4 Remember actively
For maximum performance, the memory needs continuous training. For example, every day on the way home from work, remember which individual tasks you have completed during the day. Or with whom you spoke and spoke on the phone. Recall small details as well. You can also try to acquire a visual or photographic memory by replaying the details of the working day in your mind or by calling up texts again with your eyes closed. This also trains your attention.
# 5 relax
Stress and lack of sleep disrupt working memory and reduce its capacity. We forget even more tired and rushed than usual. Preventing stress in the workplace not only leads to more health, but also to the fact that we can remember more.