30 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Paul-NowakToday’s post comes to us from Paul Nowak, the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading courses in North America. Some great insights here to improve our memories – which we rely on quite a bit as pastors! You may be surprised at some of the tips Paul recommends:

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Lack of rest will have a negative effect on your memory.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated. Studies have shown that a 2% decrease in hydration can lead to a 20% loss in energy. Since your body and your brain are inter-related, you need to keep your system hydrated to improve your brain’s efficiency.
  3. Try to eliminate or reduce any stress you are currently feeling.
  4. Make your learning experiences social. Learning things with other people will help you retain the information and experiences better.
  5. Try to teach someone else about something you just learned.
  6. Read before going to bed.
  7. Try to make as many connections to previously learned information as possible.
  8. Review information learned while walking and discussing the information with another person.
  9. Talk with mentally stimulating people. This can be mentors, family or friends.
  10. Keep body in tune with proper nutrition. Consume memory-boosting vitamins. Also consume salmon, folic acid, natural sugars and vitamin B12.
  11. Make it a habit to study in your most comfortable environment.
  12. Use associations to help you remember specific information.
  13. Avoid memorizing information if you are in pain, on medication or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  14. Avoid multitasking. Our brain is not that great at performing two similar tasks. Try doing one thing at a time unless one of those tasks can be done without conscious mental processing.
  15. Play instrumental music (no lyrics) ideally performed at 60 beats per minute.
  16. “Download” information that you gather through note-taking (try mind mapping), oral-repetition, audio recording.
  17. Pay attention to the most important information or it will be discarded from your working memory within 18-30 seconds.
  18. Relax. It’s difficult to retain information when you are tense, nervous or stressed.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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