Spaghetti Sauce and Toilet Paper
Several years ago, my daughter Autumn and grandson Landon were on their way to pick up a few groceries and head home for the evening after a long day at work and school. Hoping to involve Landon in the process, Autumn asked him to help her remember two important items: spaghetti sauce and toilet paper. Well, much to her surprise, he repeated this over and over, out loud, as they walked into the store. He was bound and determined to be responsible enough not to let his mama forget these two very important items. As you can imagine, many people smiled at the sight of a skinny little freckle-faced redhead walking into the store reciting “spaghetti sauce and toilet paper, spaghetti sauce and toilet paper.”
Memory tricks become even more important the older you get. I’m already experiencing the embarrassment of walking into a room for something, seeing something else that needs to be done, and then forgetting why I walked in that room in the first place! Since I work at a job where it’s important for me to remember names, it’s been imperative that I develop some good memory tips. And the best tip is...you guessed it...repetition.
When you first learn a person's name, say it three times in your mind. Repeat it back immediately out loud, such as "Nice to meet you, Bradley” and make it a point to use their name several times during the conversation with them. Don't worry, they won't think you are crazy. The sweetest sound to anyone's ears is the sound of their own name!
Another good tip is to make an association between the person's looks or personality and their name. I was having trouble remembering whether a woman’s name was Janice or Janet, so I used the tool “Janice is nice” and it has stuck in my mind ever since. I used the same tactic with a guy named Tyler. For the life of me, I could never remember his name until I pictured him wearing a tie (he's very stoic and conservative) and now his name is forever embedded in my memory.
The key is, do whatever works. The only one who will know about it is you, so have fun with it!