“Use it or Lose It” – a cliché that people throw around all the time, so most of us just ignore it. The thing about clichés, though, is that they become clichés because they’re true.
Today people use their brains less. How long has it been since you memorized a phone number? You don’t really need to, since all the numbers you need are in your smartphone. Do you even remember your own phone number? What about your spouse’s or kids’ numbers? I can still tell you my previous three landline numbers, even though I haven’t used them in over 20 years.
I’ve noticed this lately because I’ve been spending more time on the computer and so I need to keep more passwords in my memory banks. I don’t trust those password sites that say they will remember your passwords for you. I’m sure they will, but I also know that everything can be hacked, so I’d prefer to not have every single one of my passwords stored in one place.
What I’ve noticed is that I CAN actually remember lots of passwords – if I use them on a regular basis. In a day, I probably use between 20-25 passwords for various websites and apps. That sounds like a lot, but it’s probably less than a lot of people use, because I assume I use fewer apps than most.
So one of my goals for this year is to spend more time working out my brain – whether it’s memorizing passwords, reading, or whatever – I’m gonna use it so I don’t lose it!