working memory, or short term memory as some people call it, is simply the ability of the person to visualize abstracts and remember them for a short period of time, since forgetting those abstracts cuts "our chain of thought" and gets us back to square one.
now as i see it, the only reason why we would lose track of what we're thinking of is distraction, by any means necessary.
now if i was to be thinking about something and drift to a sideline of thought that becomes irrelevant to the starting point, or we might be easily distracted by external senses, as in noticing a pattern, sound image or touch if anything.
anything can be achieved in terms of improving our working memory, as in simply keeping ourselves from being distracted by things we wish not to be distracted by.
I've read that meditation techniques help with that matter, second being comfortable with your own surroundings whatever they may be. any feeling of discomfort distracts us. Any feeling what so ever distracts us.
Now this is nothing but wishing to gain more control on our thought process, I've learned that you can lean to control it as much as you'd like, but that will show u nothing different from what you already know.
It will not improve your thought process, it will help u concentrate on things more, which would only work on things u do not find interesting to begin with.
The key is patience as it is to everything in life.
We can learn to gain more control over our head. But that wouldn't make your mind understand things faster than it already does. It just helps you become more patient.
One trick i learned is that our mind doesn't connect things unless they relate to each other in some way, so the only thing you can do is to keep connecting one thought to the other without drifting to irrelevant thoughts, thus having a much more structured way of thinking, this is used in brainstorming sessions.
another is doing things that help you remember what you're trying to visualize in your head, as in a sketchbook where you doodle whatever it is you're thinking about.
as in all types of memory, the only key to improve it is via training.
just keep in mind we can not remember things if we do not learn how to memorize them to begin with.
There's a lot of memorizing techniques, as in detecting the patterns in them and connecting them to less information which becomes easier to memorize.
repetition only works for long term memory. our subconscious will keep track of a lot of things that are happening while repeating it thus enabling us to recall it on cue, because of us remembering a lot of things that relate to this specific chunk of information.
another thing is that our ability to recall a whole lot of information diminishes if we do not structure our daily routines, the less i have to remember about everything else that is happening, the more i gain control over which i wish to remember.
like a lot of kids face this problem, if they do nothing all day it's easier to remember the teachers words, the more things they do every day that do not relate to their studies, the less they remember about their studies.
i simply think the one key to improve your memory is focus. Not as in focusing now this minute on that one thing, it's about all your daily routines being focused around less subjects thus enabling you to remember more of the things you wish to remember of.
i can talk forever about memory problems,
my friends claim i have a gold fish syndrome