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3 Ways to Improve Your Working Memory

According to the National Center for Biological Information, working memory provides temporary storage of information and the ability to manipulate this information for cognitive tasks. In layman’s terms – working memory is the ability not only to recall things but use that information to complete tasks. As you can imagine, working memory is necessary for multiple areas of your life such as remembering instructions, maintaining focus and learning new skills. A poor working memory can make life difficult but luckily there are multiple ways to improve it:

Mind Chi

Mind Chi can be a great way to improve your memory! Pay special attention to Mind Chi steps 2, 3 and 4 which attend to memory and focus. Step 2 looks at focusing and eliminating all distractions. Steps 3 and 4 are concerned with recalling and reviewing the last 24 hours – a technique used by memory champion Scott Hagwood, among other elite individuals. These exercises are particularly helpful in today’s day and age where our ageing population begin to struggle with certain necessary cognitive tasks as they get older. 

DnB training

Dual n Back training is a programme of brain exercises designed to improve fluid intelligence. It rose to prominence after being the first programme proven to improve IQ in adults, but it has also been shown to improve working memory. There are many great ways you can use DnB exercises to improve working memory including free software packages such as Brain Workshop and streamlined DnB training which you can incorporate into exercises you can do on your computer every day. This kind of program is best utilized by applying yourself for around 30 minutes a day. With consistent effort you should start to enjoy improvements within two weeks. 


Mindfulness is the mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, a similar philosophy to Mind Chi step two. A 2013 study from Psychological Science proved that a two week mindfulness course improved working memory. The participants in the study also showed improved scores on the Graduate Record Examinations, the standard test for graduate school in the United States. It’s clear that mindfulness, focus, awareness and memory are all interconnected – a holistic philosophy fully embraced by Mind Chi. 

It is clear that the myth that working memory is inherited and that you are stuck with what you are born with has been refuted. There are a variety of methods out there to improve your working memory and reap the benefits. Good luck in your efforts. 

Thanks to a guest writer, Jackie Edwards, for this article to improve your faith in your marvelous memory!

Love bursts

Love bursts!

February is here, the month of love, suddenly spring feels as though it is imminent and the cold, short, dark days of winter are being left behind.

Let LOVE burst forth!

Love bursts

What does ‘love’ mean for you? The love burst above is a super way to find out! When you think of ‘love’ what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Write that word on one of the lines bursting from the central image. Then think again of the word ‘love’ and catch the next word that pops into your mind, go around all 10 branches as fast as you can. Now you have completed your ‘love burst’.

What does it say about your interpretation of love? These abstract terms are so important and evocative and yet sometimes we can be communicating almost in a different language. Some people list all the people they love; some all the things, others talk of the qualities of love and some have a mix.

It can be very interesting to share this love burst with a few people you love. FIRST, give them a blank copy of the love burst and have them complete it, then you can compare with yours. Are they very different? Does it help you to understand why they behave as they do? If for you love is all about receiving flowers and external shows of affection and for the other it may be abstract concepts, if this is the case, now you understand, you can communicate and support each other much better.

completed love bursts

For comments or questions on Mind Chi and love, please email Vanda@MindChi.com