When you first start working from home, there’s a lot of things to learn. Whether it’s as simple as learning some basic accounting or more complicated like how to setup a website, you’re going to find yourself having to take on new skills and knowledge in order to make progress.
Thankfully, our brain’s have an amazing capacity to store new information. As some scientists discovered, the human brain has an impressive capability to adapt to new skills or ways of thinking even into old age due to an ability known as neuroplasticity. With the right stimulation our brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections and adapt and react in ever-changing ways.
When we want to learn a new language, for example, we can either memorize new words or associate it with our native language. According to a neurologist in California Dr. Judy Willis, “Something that is memorized is only retrievable the exact way it was processed. By forming multiple connections in the brain, we gain greater understand and it becomes a long-term memory.”
Dr. Willis recommends a three step process to better understand new information:
Step 1: Symbolize – this is putting information in as simple terms as possible. You can put this new information into diagrams, flow charts, and PowerPoint slide which can help you remember the information.
Step 2: Categorize – categorizing the information facilitates remembering and learning. It is a form of chunking information that focuses on putting information in meaningful groups.
Step 3: Synthesize – If you come across an unfamiliar term you can sort it into groups based on similarity. This can assist the brain in making big picture connections and as the learning process continues, shaping these categories accordingly will allow enduring memories to form.
A strong memory is not dependent on age, but rather on the health and vitality of your brain. So to learn new things quickly, you need to harness the natural power of neuroplasticity to increase your cognitive abilities, enhance your ability to learn new information, and improve your memory.
The following are a few simple routines that can help improve your memory:
1. Sleep a lot and meditate
Research shows that sleep is essential for memory consolidation. If you are sleep deprived, your brain can’t operate at full capacity. Meditation has been proven using scientific evidence of its mental health benefits. Studies even show that meditation can improve focus, concentration, creativity and reasoning skills.
2. Get your blood flowing
Treat your body well by making it a habit to exercise, it enhances your ability to process and recall information. Physical exercises increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss.
3. Eat well
Don’t skip breakfast, numerous studies have shown the positive effects of eating breakfast on the brain. Incorporate your meals with brain-boosting diet which is rich in omega 3 like olive oils, nuts, fish which are considered as healthy fats. Healthy snacks throughout the day keep your metabolism going and keep you alert as well which is good for your memory.
4. Tune in
Listening to a soothing music is also a big factor in helping you recall key information. Some researchers say if you’ve learned something new while listening to a song, you can recall it by playing the tune in your head.
5. Write Stuff Down
I don’t know if it the same with anyone else but I find it easy to recall what I’ve learned by writing it down in my notes. I also learned that writing with your pen help stimulate ideas, it also massages acupuncture points in the hand, which in turn triggers further ideas.
So if your struggling with all the new things you need to learn when working from home, try working on improving your memory with these 5 brain boosting tips.