Memory & Productivity: Is Poor Memory Limiting Your Productivity

I’ve been M.I.A.

It’s been over a month since the last time I posted anything.

It wasn’t because I got busy or forgot about you guys.

It was to prove a point

Yes, that’s right, to prove a point!

That point is related to the new topic I had started, of which I made three posts over the course of 3 weeks.

Do you remember the topic?

Do you remember what each post said?

Do you remember the advice I gave in those posts?

If not, that’s proves my point!

The topic was that consuming too much content can be a bad thing. Although what you hear will be motivating, inspiring, and make you want to get up and do something, you actually won’t.

One of the main reasons is that we forget the advice, instruction, or idea. If you remember, I said, the forgetting happens within minutes. In fact, the mind will often hold information just long enough to make sense of the next sentence, and once that sentence is processed, discarded it from memory.

Then over the next two emails, I provided two memory tips on how to prevent this.

Do you remember those memory tips?

One memory tip was to get into the habit of writing down important advice or instruction that comes your way.

The other memory tip was to use the technique of retrieval to think about and call to mind things you learn.

If you missed them, you can read the previous post here, which will link to the posts prior.

If you don’t remember the tips, you are not likely applying them. If you are not applying the info, then it reinforces the point that content can simply become something that we consume that makes use feel like we are being productive and doing something with our lives.

This is an important lesson!

Think about how often you have done this, how often you’ve had a great idea, learned something new and valuable, and had the utmost intention of putting it into practice, but got lost in your daily habits and routine?

I write and teach about this stuff and sometimes I’ll even forget…

And I teach about not forgetting!

That means, if you want to improve productivity, you really have to be intentional. I provided some easy memory techniques to enhance action in the previous emails and will provide a few more in subsequent emails, but for now, I’m going to keep this short and ask you to reflect on this point.

It’s a very important point if you are to apply what I am going to suggest in the future emails, or anything else for that matter.


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