Brain Tip of the Week: Get Organized

Let’s say I wanted you to memorize the following 10 digits: 12123457892. How many do you think you could remember? For most people, the answer is likely 5 or 6 – or you might say you can’t memorize such a long number. But what if I told you that you see 10-digit numbers all the time?

Don’t believe me? Look at it this way: 1-212-345-7892. That’s right, it’s a phone number! See how much easier this looks to remember?

This is why my Brain Tip of the Week is to get organized.

I’m not talking about organizing your workspace, although that certainly helps your brain work more kwikly. In this case, you’re organizing the information you learn instead. By grouping similar ideas via chunking, you can remember it a lot better because you clear the mental clutter and create a mental filing system.

One way to chunk is to split the information into 7 – but that’s not the only one. You can organize information alphabetically, topically, or chronologically. You could also organize it by task, by department, by function or by importance.

One reason chunking helps you remember is because it forces you to actively engage and interact with the information you’re learning, increasing the neural connections you make. So it doesn’t matter if your system doesn’t make sense to anybody else – just as long as it makes sense to you.

So this week, be sure to mentally organize any new information you learn. Better yet, see how you can chunk information you should know but constantly forget. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to look it up on your phone?

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Let’s say I wanted you to memorize the following 10 digits: 12123457892. How many do you think you could remember? For most people, the answer is likely 5 or 6 – or you might say you can’t memorize such a long number. But what if I told you that you see 10-digit numbers all the time?

Don’t believe me? Look at it this way: 1-212-345-7892. That’s right, it’s a phone number! See how much easier this looks to remember?

This is why my Brain Tip of the Week is to get organized.

I’m not talking about organizing your workspace, although that certainly helps your brain work more kwikly. In this case, you’re organizing the information you learn instead. By grouping similar ideas via chunking, you can remember it a lot better because you clear the mental clutter and create a mental filing system.

One way to chunk is to split the information into 7 – but that’s not the only one. You can organize information alphabetically, topically, or chronologically. You could also organize it by task, by department, by function or by importance.

One reason chunking helps you remember is because it forces you to actively engage and interact with the information you’re learning, increasing the neural connections you make. So it doesn’t matter if your system doesn’t make sense to anybody else – just as long as it makes sense to you.

So this week, be sure to mentally organize any new information you learn. Better yet, see how you can chunk information you should know but constantly forget. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to look it up on your phone?

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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