How to Avoid Memory Overload in a High-Speed World

Part of the Improving Your Memory For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In today’s society, the use of cellphones, pagers, faxes, teleconferencing, computers and hand-held devices is seriously compromising your memory. Practice these things to keep your memory skills keen during a media and tech blitz:

  • Avoid multitasking, like talking on the phone while e-mailing, or watching TV while reading. Divided attention dampens memory. Be selective. Be exclusive.

  • Finish each project before moving on to the next. If that’s impossible, make a clean break as you move back and forth. For example, stand up and stretch.

  • Keep your cellphone and pager turned off when you don’t absolutely need to be in touch.

  • Check e-mail and phone-mail messages a few times a day, not continuously.

  • Watch TV selectively. Don’t watch just to see “what’s on.”

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