How Memorizing Phone Numbers Can Help Boost Your Productivity

With a full schedule and many distractions – from constant email alerts to chatty coworkers – work productivity is hard to boost. But there are a few easy changes that can help.

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You’ll Be More Productive

Remembering phone numbers is one of the most important things you can do to improve your productivity. It’s also pretty easy to do, especially with the right tricks. Try reciting them aloud, writing them down, or using a song that reminds you of the person whose number you’re trying to remember. These tactics help make the information easier to encode in your brain, making you less likely to forget it later. And remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all technique for memorizing anything; use different approaches and see what works best for you.

You’ll Be More Organized

It’s important to memorize certain phone numbers, especially those of your family, close friends, and emergency contacts. This helps ensure you can still recall the number and reach someone if your phone slips out of your hand or gets lost.

Another memorization trick is to break long strings of numbers into chunks of three or four digits. This technique, called “chunking,” makes the numbers easier to remember than if they were presented in one block. Lastly, you should create habits around memorization to increase your brain’s ability to take in and retain information. This includes getting enough sleep, improving brain plasticity, and making learning and recalling new information easier. It also includes practicing and using your memory often.

You’ll Be More Creative

If you’ve gotten into the habit of relying on your phone’s speed dial, dialing them by hand is a simple trick to help you remember important numbers. Do this often enough, and your brain will eventually cement the number as a part of it. For more creative people, try using a song to memorize numbers (think ABCs, farm animals, and multiplication tables). You can also play phone number hopscotch—draw a phone pad on the sidewalk with chalk and see how fast you can step on the digits. Or try the old-fashioned way and enter them on your keypad.

You’ll Be More Safe

Most people can hold phone numbers up to 10 digits long in their short-term memory for a few minutes, which is plenty of time to write them down or repeat them verbally. And if we group bits of information and add meaning to them, we can better remember them. This is called chunking, and it’s the reason why many people use clever rhymes to help them recall their passwords.

You’ll Be More Organized

The human brain gets sent 11 million bits of information every second. However, we can only successfully process 40 or 50 of them. With the influx of data, it’s easy to let important things slip through the cracks.

This is why it’s vital to know your family and emergency phone numbers by heart. Whether you’re running out the door on a mad dash to the airport or you lose your phone in a crowded store, remembering the number of someone who can get a hold of you quickly could save you from stress and potential catastrophe.

Try using a technique called “chunking.” Breaking down long numbers into smaller units that are easier to remember. It’s like how we learned our ABCs, farm animals, and multiplication tables.