As you age, your ability to focus and remember things might not be as strong as it once was. And although everyone experiences some degree of decline with age, others experience more than others. And to a certain degree, itâs natural: as you acquire new memories, old ones become forgotten.
But having trouble focusing can make it hard to accomplish daily tasks and form new memories.
Here are some tips than can help you stay focused and boost your memory:
1. Look at People When They Talk to You
Itâs easy to forget what someone tells you when youâre not focused on what theyâre saying, and it can lead to big trouble. I donât know how many times Iâve been chastised for forgetting the milk, but itâs totally my fault! An easy way to avoid this is to look directly at the person who is talking to you and listen closely. If you miss something, just ask!
2. Run the Info Back
After a person has finished telling you something, run back your own paraphrased version. So when you hear, âPick up some milk from the grocery store. Itâs on sale at the store on 5th street,â you can respond with, âOkay, then. Iâll save a few dollars and get it at the store on 5th!â Problem solved!
3. Shut out Distractions
Another thing that can sabotage focus and mess with your memory is background distraction. For example, I almost always have music playing in my home. I love it, but it makes it hard to get things done efficiently or remember things Iâm told. So when Iâm working, or someone starts talking to me, I shut the music off so I can give those things my undivided attention. I know if I leave the music on, I will be too focused on it to give adequate attention to more important stuff.
So much of what you remember comes down to focus. When you make an effort to be more present in what youâre doing, it can make things far easier to remember and save all kinds of stress!
Source for Todayâs Article
â4 ways to improve focus and memory,â Harvard Health Publications, last updated July 19, 2016; http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/4-ways-to-improve-focus-and-memory, last accessed August 24, 2016.