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Posts Tagged ‘multi-tasking’

Seven Possibly Memory Helpers

Posted by terrepruitt on June 23, 2015

I think that with our busy life styles and the fact that there are multiple ways to communicate and multiple devices that which can draw our attention we might feel very forgetful at times.  But really how can we forget what we never really (REALLY) paid attention to?  Sometimes I am on autopilot . . . my muscles can do things while I am not even paying much attention to the task.  While I am brushing my teeth I might be thinking about what I am going to wear.  While I am gathering my clothes, I could be thinking about the next task.  While I am getting dressed I could be thinking about the Nia routine I am going to teach.  I grab my phone and put it in my purse while I am thinking about something else.  Then I step outside and wonder, “Do I have my phone?”  Then I blame it on my memory.  I FORGOT I grabbed it and stuck it in my purse.  But I don’t always believe it is memory, I think it is more that I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that I put my phone in my purse.  I really believe that so much multi-tasking makes us believe we have bad memories.  Or the fact that we have so much on our minds already, makes us think we have bad memories.  But whatever the case, I know that I don’t mind doing things thought to help our brains remember.  There is advice out there on ways to improve your memory or prevent memory loss.

The  Mayo Clinic has a list of seven things to help the memory.  I bet you have heard them before, but . . . I also bet it doesn’t hurt to be reminded:

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Reading, doing brain puzzles, driving a different route to a familiar place, or learning how to play a musical instrument are ways to keep that brain active.  The idea would not necessarily be for you to play a concert or a recital, but the act of learning keeps that brain stimulated.

2-Being social not only helps your brain, but it can help stave off depression and stress.  If you are lucky enough to be social with close friends then it is a huge benefit to your well-being.

3-Being organized is a great way to help keep the “I forget everything” feeling at bay.  If you have a calendar to keep track of appointments and social events that helps you stay on track.  Also if yourliving space is organized you won’t find yourself misplacing things.  Certain things you use often or need on your way out should have a place; keys and wallet, for example.  If you always put them in one spot you won’t wonder where they are when you are about to walk out the door.

Being organized can also help you focus as you will not be wondering around looking for your keys you will know exactly where they are and be able to be aware.

4-Getting enough good quality sleep.  I believe sleep is good for so many things.  This is the time that our body gets to rest from the go-go-go of the day.  It is also a time where our mind, emotions, and self get to rest.  We are bombarded all day long with so many things . . . it is nice to let our bodies rest.

5-Eating healthy food.  Our bodies need nutrients to run properly so a healthy diet will help our brain function.

6-Exercising is also thought to help keep memory loss at bay.  This is due to the fact that exercise helps so many systems.  If your body is healthy this could contribute to a healthy brain/memory.  If the physical activity you do is something that requires skill, then you are putting your brain to work and that could be a double whammy.  If the exercise you do is something that you really like, then that could contribute to your mental well-being and that could be one way that exercise helps.

7-“Manage chronic conditions

Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for any chronic conditions, such as depression or kidney or thyroid problems. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be. In addition, review your medications with your doctor regularly. Various medications can impact memory.”

As you probably know, the brain is still a large mystery.  Science learns more everyday, but the cause of memory loss and diseases like Alzheimer’s are still unknown.  So they come up with a list of things we can do that they think might help.

And Yup, heard them before, right?  But . . . how many of them do you do?  Do you think that these things can perhaps help your memory?

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Why Is It So Hard To Slow Down?

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2012

Do you move fast?  Do you do five things at once?  Do you have more than one project going on?  Are you doing one thing while your mind is thinking about another?  It is hard to slow down, huh?  I think part of it is technology.  We have cell phones that can do so many things we get instant gratification so we don’t have to wait for anything.  We can call someone while we are doing something else.  We can look up something on the internet while we are talking to someone all the while doing something else.  Multi-tasking is expected.  We must be productive and in order to do so we have to do more than one thing.  I posted about multi-tasking in September 2009.  I actually attempted to stop and only do one thing at a time.  It proved to not be possible for me.  As an example, when cooking dinner I have to do more than one thing at a time.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaIt is not feasible to cook the pasta, then the meat, then make the salad — or any order of that.  More than one thing has to be going on at a time.  So I realized that multi-tasking is necessary, but there are ways I can be more aware of what I am doing.  There are some tasks that I can do without doing something else.  Part of this for me is just slowing down.  I need to have patience to get through one task before I move onto the next.

I have been thinking about this a lot this week as I have been decorating the house for Christmas.  I love to have it look like Christmas every where you look.  It doesn’t have to be Griswald-y, but an ornament here, a candle there—just SOMETHING.  While I have been doing this I have been using a ladder.  In our garage it is a bit tricky.  We park both of our cars in the garage so the “edges” tend to get a little cluttered.  We also have bicycles hanging from the rafters near where the Christmas boxes are stored.  All this week I have been having to tell myself, “Slow down.”  Literally.  I want to get it done quickly — plus I am excited because I just love all this stuff.  So I would bolt up the ladder and realize once I was up there that I couldn’t move freely, I had to think about the fact that I was on a ladder, the fact that I was wearing floppy shoes, that there was a bike an inch from my head, back, butt (depending on where I was on the ladder).  I had to think about how I was going to move once I got the box in my hands.  I had to think how I was going to climb down the ladder with a box in my hand and a handle bar at my shoulder.

It is not easy for me to do some things slowly and I have been pondering that this week.  I think that being more patient is part of it.  If I were more patient with getting some of the things done I want to get done then I wouldn’t be rushing through what I have to do.  Part of it is also because there is going to be some work done involving the house at the end of this week and I was rushing to get things done before that deadline.  Also, I wanted it all done before I my Nia Class on Thursday evening!  But still . . . . it is not easy to slow down.

I want to say that I HAVE been JUST brushing my teeth.  I have made a conscious effort.  But it wasn’t since September 2009, it has been more recent!

Do you find rushing to be the case?  Do you rush through things just to get to another thing to rush through?

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