Saturday, August 09, 2014

Memory Power

Does your mind skip the task given by your manager?

“This is skipped from my mind Sir, really sorry, I will work on this..”
Do you give the above feedback on some important tasks given by your manager? There are many activities you have to handle in professional life. Multitasking is the first requirement of the job now a days. Every day, there are meetings to attend and e-mails to respond… and sometimes you miss the deadline because your mind has fully ignored the particular task.

Making the “To Do List” is perfectly right, but not necessary you check it every minute. Sometimes your boss asks you to some reference and you don’t remember the same. Most of the times, you can’t say that you need to check the said reference at somewhere.”

I have written in past on Learning Agility ( few weeks back. 
If you want to climb the ladders of success in your career, your learning agility counts. But when your memory is not with you, you may face the issues and you may be stamped as slow learner…

Have you thought on your memory power?
Memory power is the ability of a person in recollecting the past events or previously learned information or skills…Typically when we learn something, we receive the information from somebody (say coach, boss r trainer)..the said information is retained in our brain. This stored information is required to recall when necessary.
We attend training, we learn many things on the job… in some jobs demand conceptual clarity, references and organization specific terminologies. I have seen the members who have to struggle with recalling the said information at right stage.

There is a simple method for improving the memory power… “OAR”

Observation: Simple concentration and focus is the key to retain the learning. Keep your eyes and ears open. The person who has the good observation skill can relate the things easily. “Seeing and doing” is the perfect way to improve the memory. In learning process you should be like “sponge”, but this is possible only when you are open to new information.

Association: When I was the kid, we use to play the game of association. We randomly use to select the sentence and associate with some objective. It was fun.. anchoring is also another way for recalling the information. For example, if I have to remember the name of the person who meets me in public forum, I relate his characteristics like his voice, hair style, his look with some bird or animal.  It is a funny way to remember people. Association is relating funny and interesting objectives to something.

Recall: Recall or retrieval of memory refers to the subsequent re-accessing of events or information from the past, which have been previously encoded and stored in the brain. In common parlance, it is known as remembering.

There are two main methods of accessing memory: recognition and recall. Recognition is the association of an event or physical object with one previously experienced or encountered, and involves a process of comparison of information with memory, e.g. recognizing a known face, true/false or multiple choice questions, etc. Recognition is a largely unconscious process.
Recall involves remembering a fact, event or object that is not currently physically present (in the sense of retrieving a representation, mental image or concept), and requires the direct uncovering of information from memory, e.g. remembering the name of a recognized person, fill-in the blank questions, etc.

If you observe and associate, anchor your learning greatly recalling will be very easy.         

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