What we’ll do is dismiss forgetting what we’re attempting to do when we’re young, and blame it on absentmindedness, but it’s frustrating all the same. As we grow older, the occurrences of going into a room and wondering why we did so, or suddenly losing our train of thought when on the computer, becomes regular.
Forgetting is a condition that’s thought that can be cured to some extent, or at the very least be counteracted. What’s needed is to become more mindful, of our everyday movements and activities, and then deciding to take control and becoming aware of that activity, by monitoring it.
What’s thought is that multitasking is a detrimental activity, forcing us to forget, which is also reversible. What’s needed is cognitive awareness, this to keep on top of all our daily memory challenges.
Loading Up The Brain
Multitasking, and more importantly it’s evil twin, task-switching, is the exercise of attempting to, or needing to go back and forth, between mentally engaging activities simultaneously.
What task-switching is thought to result in, is potential memory loss, this because of the switching back and forth between activities, as the information from Task A, might be forgotten or decay, this once Task B is being performed.
So what can result is forgetting where you left off, or what you were doing in that first task, once you decide to turn your attention towards the second task.
To Improve Multitasking
What’s known is there are some, who are better at multitasking than others. There are ways on how to prevent forgetting, when attempting to do two or more tasks at once.
What inefficient multitasking involves, is completely forgetting about doing Task A, once you decide to do Task B.
For instance, say that you’re looking for your keys, when you suddenly get a text message that you need to respond to.
What you want, is to remember that you’re looking for your keys, after you’ve responded to the text message.
What’s needed is remembering to remain mindful, this when it comes to looking for those keys, this despite what distractions arise.
We’re constantly being bombarded with interruptions in our lives, which tears us away from the original task at hand. What’s known, is that there’s effective ways on improving task-switching.
Give Yourself Time
You need to give yourself sufficient warning, this to get back to finishing what you were doing, before you were interrupted.
Mindfully tell yourself that you need to take out the garbage, and then keep reminding yourself of this, once you happen to get distracted, such as adding more items to your grocery list.
Know What You’re Doing
Stop and monitor yourself, on exactly what you’re doing. If you’re putting something away in a drawer or your backpack, register it in your mind that you’re doing so.
What most will do instead, is think about what they’re going to do next, and then end up forgetting where they put that item.
Instead, imprint it in your mind by taking a “mental photograph,” which allows you to conjure that item’s possible location in the future.
For routine tasks, always do the same steps in the same order. Take advantage of a certain sequence of events.
What this does is places the task on autopilot, allowing you to sail right through it, without needing to double check the steps.
Always look back when leaving, this especially when in a public place. What most will do, is think about where they’re going next, this rather than where they’ve been or done.
It becomes easy to forget that you left your phone on the counter, once you’ve packed your bag and put on your coat.
What a quick look around does, is prevents multitasking, which can alleviate or avoid a potentially disastrous situation.
When You Need To Remember
Talk to yourself or write it down, this when you’re wanting to remember something. What locking information into your memory does, even if it’s your short-term memory, is it provides reassurance against forgetting.
By narrating back to yourself what you’re doing while completing it, does is provides a deeper level of processing and remembering, other than just giving it a fleeting glance.
Develop A Retrieval System
You’ve somehow misplaced that favorite pen of yours a few days ago. You now have no idea where it’s at. What you need, is a systematic retrieval system.
Begin by forcing yourself to recall everything that you did, and where you were, the last time that you used that pen.
This process will help you in learning how to focus your attention, when doing everyday tasks. You’ll then become more conscious, on what you were doing, and when you were doing it.
It’s Okay To Forget
Don’t beat yourself up for forgetting. What’s known, is that some are better at doing multiple tasks, than others. Those who are proficient, has a system along with more self-confidence in their mental abilities.
Once that mental ability begins to erode, is when the concerns of having a poor memory becomes a distraction, which then further detracts your ability to perform your daily tasks with a sense of purpose.
What many think is that multitasking is a series of multiple tasks. What giving those tasks the attention they deserve, or making them predictable and on autopilot, does is helps reduce the incidences of you not performing them.
Once your memory does begin to recover, you’ll then begin to feel more sure of yourself, when doing these everyday tasks.
What empowerment involves is a variety of abilities. Once you add good memory to that list, you’ll then be able to accomplish these challenges that you face on a daily basis.