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Memory Training Q&A – Grocery List
by On March 19, 2009

Here is a question from one of our Memory Training Workshop graduates regarding the benefits of memorizing a grocery list vs. writing it down.
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Hi Eric,

Great class on Monday and Tuesday. We appreciated your time and patience. We were discussing the memory training and a question we were hoping you could answer.

What are the most optimal or efficient ways to use the memory training vs. actually writing items down on a piece of paper?

i.e. I go to the grocery store every two weeks. I run out of food items during the course of the week, so I usually just write the items down, then go to the grocery store. In what ways is using the memory training going to be more efficient than writing the items down on the piece of paper?

Best wishes,

J. Lavitt and A. Brende
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Answer

For many people, they find themselves either NOT actually writing the things they need to buy at the store down or they make it to the store and have forgotten their entire list. As both of these examples can be frustrating… when a person simply files the groceries to their body, that becomes more effective and efficient.

If you are finding writing down everything that you need to purchase during the course of two weeks and then bringing the list and getting all of your groceries – then you don’t have a problem, and I wouldn’t use your mental files for that.

My main advice to people is to do what works. If what you are doing isn’t working, try something new – use your mental files.

Be Free!

Eric Plantenberg
President

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