Memory on the go
It is not too surprising that we can’t remember even the simplest of facts these days. Of course, maybe in our own field of interest, we have memories like bank vaults. But for other topics that we come in contact with on a daily, we may simply lag behind the curve. Part of the problem is that there is an explosion of information now available on even the smallest of details. Researchers dig deep into the smallest of details. Facts continue to surface and the ability to succinctly embrace all of the details or to understand a topic with the precision you once had requires more time. We simply do not have the time to chase after every topic that we enjoy.
So, enter the mobile device. One of the things that computers and smart devices can do quite well and inexpensively is memorize. One gigabyte of flash memory can easily store the text from 2,000 books. For us to walk around with this much verbatim text jiggering around in our brains takes a staggering amount of brain cells. Why devote the space when you can toke it on a device.
Now, when you think of the Internet as your portable flash drive, the number of books exponentially expands. You suddenly are limited only by the time it takes to extract the information that you need.
You have a lot to memorize but lack the time and maybe the interest to commit everything to memory.
Using funneling or on-the-fly referencing, you can have the facts at your fingertips. All it takes is a proficiency of using your device and a few steps to use your device when you need to remember something important.
The best way to use your device to remember facts or details on a subject is to funnel. That is, to investigate a topic before you actually need to reference it. But you can also learn on the fly.
- When you find yourself grasping for straws, trying to remember a detail or to cite a fact, use your device.
- If this is in a conversation, be courteous and introduce using your mobile device to help with your memory. For example, you might simply say, “I can’t remember who said this but it is germane to what you were saying. Let me take a quick peek…”
- Use your device to recall the key facts or to research a expert opinion.
- Type in the keywords or phrase, all the wile keep eye contact with your collegues or conversation-mates.
- When you have the answer, use it in your conversation or file it away for future reference.
In this way, your device can be an extension of your feeble memory.