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A Very Cool Mental Exercise to Improve Your Memory

Hey guys, I came across this very cool mental exercise that you can use to improve your memory, your power of observation and even help you get to sleep faster! Sound interesting? OK, so here it is..

When you’re lying in bed at night ready to fall asleep, you review what you did that day from start to finish. You start with the time you got up out of bed until the time you went back to bed. Do this in as much detail as possible, visualizing in your mind each and every step from beginning to end. At first, you wont recall much detail, and you’ll probably jump very quickly from task to task or think of the day in large blocks of time. But try to slow down and remember as much as possible, in as much detail as possible. Over time, you’ll get better and better at this and you’ll be able to remember more and more detail.

This simple mental exercise has the following benefits:

1) It will improve your memory

2) Your power of observation will improve. In fact, you’ll find yourself during the day performing a mini recall of your day thus far because you know that later than night you will be trying to recall it again.

3) You will be more in the moment throughout the day. Again, because you know you will be recalling your day later, you pay more attention to details throughout the day.

4) Your ability to visualize will improve.

5) You will improve concentration.

6) You will  fall asleep faster because your mind will get tired much like counting sheep at night in order to fall asleep.

So give this simple mental exercise a try for a week and let me know what you think. icon wink A Very Cool Mental Exercise to Improve Your Memory

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22 thoughts on “A Very Cool Mental Exercise to Improve Your Memory”

  1. Reviewing the day will help you remember the day’s activity better as you recall the events and emotions associated with them. But improving brain performance will take new activity and new learning to challenge the mind … reviewing what you already know does not meet that need.

  2. Hello Steven,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I believe improving ones memory recall, concentration and ability to visualize is in fact improving ones brain performance. Reviewing what you know already many not seem to be novel in and of itself. But focusing ones mind for periods of time might be. All conscious thoughts and mental images have a neurological impact on ones brain. The ability to keep ones mind *focused* on given thoughts is a skill that can be developed. Everyone has this ability to some degree. Some more, some less. Since it is a skill development for the brain, there is in fact a challenge and neuroplasticity is involved. The more you practice and gain more skill, the more benefit to ones brain. For instance, it is a scientific fact that those who meditate (focusing ones mind) have a measurable increase in brain matter (new brain connections) and receive neurological benefits. The longer one meditates, the more benefit.

    Finally, I listed a couple of other benefits derived from this exercise such as living more in the moment, improving your powers of observation and falling asleep quicker..

    Having said all this, I do agree that the more novelty, variety and challenge, the more benefit to ones brain. In fact, I wrote a post on this very subject. ;-)

    GaryD

  3. I have tried a lot of memory excercises and I do play a lot of mind games. Personally I feel meditation and deep breathing can really help you to concentrate and improve your memory power. If you have not tried meditation then you must try it. This is the best way to increase mental power naturally.

  4. “When your lying in bed at night ready to fall asleep, you review what you did that day from start to finish. You start with the time you got up out of bed until the time go went back to bed.”

    I’m really sorry to point this out, please take it to heart and please don’t be offended by this (I really do mean well). If you are going to write an article, please take the time to proof-read (or have someone else proof read). Please use the correct use of “your” and “you’re”; your use was not correct here. Also, please read the second sentence over again.

    With that said, this is great advice. It’s just difficult to take anyone serious with such misuse of the language. Everyone makes mistakes at times and it’s understandable. That’s why it’s important to re-read and have someone else edit your articles. Thank you.

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  6. My music teacher read a book “Ten Zen Seconds” and gave us a tip to help calm our mind. Being a music major, my mind races with thoughts of ensemble music, music theory, projects, practicing, what to practice, what to pack for meals the next day, what you could have done better, etc. From the book, she suggested that before going to bed, when stressed or when you want to relax, slowly breathe in for 5 seconds then exhale for 5 seconds. Simple but it works a lot- especially at night when I have a hard time sleeping.

  7. Excellent advice Holly!! I’m going to add it to my nightly mental review, just prior to the review, as I try to relax my mind. Thanks for taking the time to post this comment!!

  8. I’ve done something like this in the past,probably not in as thorough a way as you’re describing. Another benefit that comes with reviewing the day like this is one naturally will become more aware of how one spends one’s time … and as a result more able to avoid wasting time and being inefficient.

  9. Having OCD i do this all the time (every day). Do you have something that will make me stop doing it? i’m stuck in a rut! – Help

  10. I’ve done this as a yoga relaxation exercise, but working the other way, ie backwards from the time you start the exercise till you reach getting up in the morning. I found this a challenge and an excellent relaxation technique.
    I’ll try the other way as well.

    Marvin – I don’t know much about OCD, but wondering if trying to substitute a relaxing song with positive words might help?
    For many years I used a very relaxing song (in my mind)to get to sleep. Or doesn’t it work like this with OCD?
    I’m an artist and need to get rid of the “left-brain” chatter to access my “right-brain” creativity. To do this I use CD’s of chanting or repetitive music which I find works amazingly well.

  11. Wow.. This brain memory exercise make sense. I’m pretty much tired almost everyday after playing my favorite online game.

    This should help both my mind and body to relax a bit somehow. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers.

  12. I think it would keep me awake if I tried to recall everything that I did that day. I can see how it improves your memory, but I would probably stress out about the things that I couldn’t remember and not be able to fall asleep. My mind would be racing and I wouldn’t be able to relax.

  13. I do this with my son every night. We sing a song about his day from when he wakes up (I remind him what time :) – right through tub and story time. The longer the song, the better I am doing!

  14. I agree with this outline of memory improvements, yet, I also know that meditation is another form of relaxation that allows you to clear the mind of unnecessary collection of information. It paves the way for a healthy body and mind.

  15. This is very interesting. I’m going to try it. I’ve always been interested in the right-hard/left-brain thing. Oddly enough, I am right-handed, but don’t really feel right-handed. I do not instinctively know my right hand, do not feel comfortable with my right-handedness. I’m not left-handed either, though. So I’ve dubbed my condition nomba-dexterous. Anyone else out there feel the way I do?

  16. I think Diamond has a good point. Being an optimist, I would like to think that consistently participating in neurobic activities would be a consistent vehicle in strengthening the brain, but I also believe that change is the only constance. It would seem to me that the body would adjust to the neurobic activities that involve using one’s inferior hand to do things. Also, there’s only so many ways someone could take to get to work. It does, however, seem likely that coming up with new neurobic activities would be a neurobic activity in itself! Hmmmm…..

  17. A good idea as there are lots of game websites available on internet.One important thing to take care of is not to make the habit of playing internet games every time as it can reduce your work efficiency.Thanks… for this interesting and helpful article.

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