Even if something you can’t remember for more than a few hours is unlikely to be that important, we’ve all had things we wanted to remember but couldn’t.
And this is a problem because, when it comes to success, what you know and what you do with that knowledge can make all the difference.
I know it sounds strange. However, according to a 2011 study published in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, simply asking yourself whether you will remember something improves your chances of remembering by up to 50%.
not entirely clear why this works. Perhaps predicting is similar to
testing yourself; studies show that quizzing yourself is an extremely
effective way to speed up the learning process. What is clear is that
the act aids your hippocampus in the formation and indexing of episodic
memories for later access.
all seen people who repeat what they’re learning aloud. Or simply mouth
the words. They appear strange: smart people simply file knowledge
away. They are not required to converse with themselves.
All of this adds to their recollection.
Go ahead and do it. Say it out loud when you need to remember something. Or just say it to yourself.
Your cerebral cortex will be grateful.
Rehearsing whatever you want to remember for 40 seconds is one way to improve your odds. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience discovered that a brief period of rehearsal—such as mentally replaying an event, going over what someone said in a meeting, or mentally mapping out a series of steps—increases the likelihood that you will remember what you rehearsed significantly.
Which should be enough time for you to do something with whatever you’re hoping to remember.
Because ideas aren’t really ideas unless they’re put into action.