Productivity through Retention…

Have you ever noticed that some teams seem to get so much accomplished, while others just do not?

So much goes into being successful, good decision making, motivation, innovation, focus, but what about retaining all the material that is in front of us on a daily business.  This is such an important factor for our success.

In the office we are bombarded with documents, daily reports and online posts.  Remembering what you just read can become even more complicated due to constant interruptions.

So, how can you learn to remember new information before it slips away from your mind forever?

  1. When we sit down to read a document, of course we try to get through it without any interruptions. Wouldn’t that be great?  Sounds great in theory but in reality, you most likely will not retain everything.  You need to learn to stop and reflect on what you have just read.  It will take just a little more effort but it will greatly help you to grasp the material.
  2. After reading your reports, to help you retain information, if you practice a simple exercise of recall, you will significantly improve your retention. Start by repeating the data to yourself frequently making the intervals longer and longer in between, and you will reinforce the information in your brain and keep it fresh in your mind.
  3. Another way to help you recollect the material you have read is to make a catchphrase or a slogan as a prompt. Acronyms work really well!
  4. Distractions are going to be killer for your focus. Turn off the sounds on your computer or phone, even music in the background can take your thoughts away from the material at hand.
  5. Another good way to make new information stick in your brain is to make a connection with something directly relevant to you. When you tie information to something personal, you are more likely to remember it.
  6. While you are reading your new material, always keep in mind and ask yourself, “what do I need to know?” It is so easy to be sidetracked by all the little details, keep your attention on the valuable information that you are pursuing.

You can be more creative, industrious and valuable for your company by learning to retain more from your reading.

As you strengthen your mind, you will find you are more focused, more alert, and more attentive.

As we increase our expertise and gain experience, you will find you’ll be able to do more in less time….which mean increasing productivity and that is something we all want for our business!

What are your strategies for retaining information?

[themecolor]Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of The 3×5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People“, which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at[/themecolor]


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