I was a server for many years. I started working in the restaurant business full-time when I was in high school. One awesome skill I acquired working in the restaurant business was remembering people's orders. I was able to remember up to 20 different orders without the need to write them down. I remembered people's names, and what they did for a living. If I couldn't remember it I'd write it down on my notepad and the next time the customer would come by I had their name memorized.

It was a talent I took for granted. Now, I am the absolute worst at remembering people's names. I have to text myself reminders, I can't even retain my google two-factor authorization codes. Like, what have I become? I am a 29-year-old who has a serious case of "old lady brain".

It turns out I am not the only one having major issues remembering things. It is something that several people struggle with. A new study from the University of Tokyo is telling us to ditch the phones and tablets for notes and instead, use a good ole pen and paper. Professor Kuniyoshi L. Sakai, a neuroscientist at the University of Tokyo told ajc.com “Actually, paper is more advanced and useful compared to electronic documents because paper contains more one-of-a-kind information for stronger memory recall,”.

If you're struggling with memory recall, start writing out your to-do list. Can't remember someone's name? Write it down.

 

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