Sometimes your brain needs outside help for proper memory function. This usually happens when you need to multitask or have a busy schedule. External aids are also useful for future tasks and when precise and accurate details are necessary. External memory aids go together with good habits. You have to remember that you have written down something in order for these aids to be helpful. Below are some external strategies to help your memory.
Take notes. You need to take notes, especially if you need to study them later. Note-taking is a study skill that helps you remember difficult information. You can simplify complicated information by outlining, summarizing, concept mapping, or charting.
Make lists. To-do lists are the most extensive memory aid. They help organize and retain information. The act of “listing” is really the actual aid in “remembering.” Lists are there to tell yourself that you still have something to do.
Write memos. Writing memos to yourself brings attention to problems and how to solve them. You are informing yourself in a diplomatic way what needs to be done. This way, you will face the task with great responsibility and dignity.
Keep a Daily Planner. To help organize your busy schedule, a diary or a planner can help you remember appointments or events. Entering them on your calendar of activities makes sure that you won’t miss anything or mix up your schedule. Just make sure you write everything down, especially if you’re on a very tight schedule.
Place objects strategically. When you need to bring something important and you don’t want to forget it, put it somewhere you can’t possibly miss it.
Set an alarm. Setting an alarm on your watch, phone, or mobile device reminds you of tasks you need to do or an appointment that you need to attend. Alarms are an excellent reminder – unless you hit the snooze button or forget why you’ve set the alarm in the first place.
Ask someone. If you can’t rely on your memory, ask someone to help you remember. Make sure that you choose a person who is reliable enough to do the job. But don’t always rely on another person because you’re just training yourself to forget.