Ever have so many things on your mind that you don’t know what to do next? Hundreds of decisions to make. Every decision has several options. We have all been there and it is in those times when we find ourselves not sure of what we should be doing and we end up not using our mind to the capabilities that we have. The brain has been researched and discoveries find that we have top to 2.5 petabytes of storage space (a petabyte is 1 million gigabytes), while the RAM of a brain is assessed at several gigabytes that can vary greatly but both figures are definitely estimates and not scientifically proven. With this known, it appears that our brain is more like a computer than I have previously thought. On that note, computers were developed based on the brain as our brains were obviously here first. My focus here is on working memory or RAM of our brain. This capability is more variable and can be developed greater, but even that topic alone is a separate post altogether. Below are five ways to improve your mind’s RAM.
- Streamline your processes. Anything that you can do to make something more automatic frees up your mind from having to think about it. For example, I plan what I am going to wear the whole week at a time so I only think about it once a week rather than every day. Another example of this would be using a productivity program like Nozbe to schedule your tasks and make them recurring so they pop up when you need them, similar can be done on a calendar as well.
- Combine Trips. Having less destinations will save your decisions to make about which way to go and when to go. Planning trips and combining them like instead of going out just for breakfast and coffee, but also to the post office, bank, grocery shopping, or wherever you have to go if you go for these things. Going right after work instead of shopping home first or going while you are already out will save you time to think by just planning in advance. This will also save you time and money as well since you will be driving less and it will take less time.
- Take care of yourself. Eat and drink healthier food and drink, get the proper amount of sleep, and getting the right exercise. This is not a health blog, so take note of what that exactly means to you and whatever causes your brain to function at its best. As you do this you will learn what works better for you and it will make a difference to how your brain functions. Caffeine helps me focus well, but again that affects everyone differently, but unless there you are very sensitive to caffeine, a good cup of coffee, tea, or a nice healthy Bai5 or stevia sweetened caffeinated drink is good.
- Exercise your brain. Play brain games that help improve your working memory. Do math tables, learn new words, solve puzzles, etc. There are plenty of physical products out there for this and just as much or even more apps, programs, websites, etc.
- Free up your mind at times. Take time off to relax and rest. You can’t keep going all of the time, when you do your mind gets tired out and so does your body and you are less effective. Take a walk, do something fun, listen to music, hang out with friends, read a book on a different topic, or do whatever you find relaxing.
Just another note on working memory is that it is different than storage space just like a computer. However, a computer does use RAM if storage space is filled which explains why a computer can run rally slow if the storage space is filled. I could imagine our brains may be the same way but really don’t know, just speculating with that. My long-term memory is exceptionally well, and I can recall what I have did on any given day in the past 15 years. However, my RAM is just about average, sometimes maybe even worse because I still have a little bit of the ADHD I had as a child. I do at times walk into a room and forget why I did, but that happens to all of us. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section and any and all suggestions that you have.
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