"Working Memory: The Brain's Temporary Sticky Notes"


Have you ever walked into a room with a purpose, only to completely forget why you came there in the first place? Or maybe you struggle to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously? Fear not, you're not alone! Welcome to the fascinating world of working memory – the brain's temporary sticky notes that help us make sense of the world around us. Let's dive into this topic while adding a touch of humor along the way!

1.  Understanding your Working Memory

Imagine working memory as the mental whiteboard that holds information for short periods, allowing us to manipulate and process it. This unique cognitive function is responsible for temporarily storing and manipulating information necessary to perform tasks. It acts as a mental workspace that helps us remember things, multitask, solve problems, and make decisions.

2. The Limitations of our Sticky Notes:

Ah, working memory, the unsung hero of everyday life! However, there is a catch. Just like sticky notes, working memory has its limitations. It has a finite capacity, and when overloaded, it can become overwhelmed and lead to cognitive hiccups. This is why we may sometimes forget what we are about to say or experience mental fog when trying to manage too much at once.

3. The Working Memory's Comedy Show:

Working memory often pulls some hilarious antics, leaving us scratching our heads in amazement. Remembering where you left your keys may be challenging, but remembering what you had for breakfast yesterday? Ah, a true brain teaser! Sometimes, it seems like our working memory plays tricks on us, conveniently forgetting crucial details while retaining the most random and irrelevant pieces of information.

4. The Art of Multitasking

Ah, multitasking, is the ultimate battle between efficiency and chaos. We all claim to be masters of the grand juggling act, but our working memory begs to differ. It turns out that multitasking might not be as productive as we think. Our sticky notes struggle to keep up with the demands of juggling multiple tasks, leading to decreased efficiency and potential mistakes. So, the next time you attempt to multitask, remember that your working memory might end up staging a comedy show instead.

5. Working Memory in Decision-Making:
Have you ever experienced "analysis paralysis," where you couldn't make a simple decision due to an overwhelming amount of information? Thank your working memory for that! Working memory plays a significant role in decision-making, and when faced with too many options, it can feel like our mental sticky notes are falling off the whiteboard left and right. So, take a moment to appreciate the heroic efforts of your working memory in helping you choose between pizza toppings or which essential oil to diffuse next!

6. Enhancing Your Working Memory:

Now that we've had our fair share of laughs, let's explore some tips for enhancing our working memory. Just like any other skill, working memory can be trained and improved. Engaging in regular mental exercises, such as word search puzzles, reading, or even challenging ourselves to remember a grocery list, can help keep those sticky notes sharp and focused.

7. Working Memory Training

Would you invest in yourself by training your brain; in a hearing, seeing, writing, and memory program? 5-10 minutes/ day Listen, repeat, repeat while you write, read what you write does it match what you heard? The results I have experienced are amazing. I have seen clients change from struggling with 3 digits filled with backward numbers to 6 & 7 digits in perfect formation. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen with consistent practice.

8. Unleashing the Power of Aromatherapy:
I wish I had learned more about essential oils earlier In my life however, I am grateful to have them in my daily activities now. In our quest to enhance working memory, aromatherapy comes to the rescue of its delightful magic. Young Living's collection of essential oils, known for their purity and quality, can be a powerful ally in uplifting our cognitive abilities. Oils like rosemary, peppermint, and lemon have been revered for their potential to support mental clarity and focus, giving our working memory that extra boost it needs.


Working memory, the brain's temporary sticky notes, is both a blessing and a comedic spectacle. While it may occasionally leave us momentarily befuddled, it serves as a critical cognitive function in our daily lives. So, let's exercise & embrace the quirks and idiosyncrasies of our working memory, appreciating the laughs it brings, and perhaps diffusing some rosemary oil for an extra mental kick. Remember, a sharp working memory deserves recognition, and the Dyslexia Specialist is here to help you achieve cognitive greatness!

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