It was a hassle
remembering numbers. Now we simply add them to our contacts list. That
usually works well unless our device is lost, stolen, or damaged. No one
can be expected to remember all their contact numbers. What we can do
is memorize 5 of our most important contact numbers. This should include
a mixture of family, friends and business. If you’re really ambitious
you can memorize 5 contacts for each category.
2. Map reading skills
The convenience and effectiveness of GPS
guidance systems and digital maps generated by search engines is
undeniable. They’ve definitely made our lives easier. What we don’t get
from using these devices and applications are the increased ability to
understand spatial orientation, representative symbolism, and
To renew or acquire those skills, try using
physical maps to plan your next trek. Whether it’s a long or short trip,
take time to stop and safely chart your progress. After a few
excursions, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how efficient a tactile
map can be.
photography required a rudimentary learning curve about lighting,
depth, and composition. This was true for analog and digital
photography. Most smart phone camera’s automatically make these
adjustments. We no longer have to learn the art of photography. On most
devices, this is easily rectified by turning off the automatic settings.
Experiment with manually setting the scene modes, lighting, and zoom.
You just may learn that you’re a “true Photog.”
4. Fact checking
Reference books and encyclopedias were once
the gold standard for finding reference information. They provided peer
reviewed and fact checked data on a vast array of subjects. They just
aren’t as convenient and rapidly updated as search engines, digital
reference materials, and databases. That said, the results of
information derived from digital sources aren’t always reliable. Their
information is limited by the review process. No one wants to be
embarrassed by regurgitating false information. It’s taken time, but
most people now realize that wiki retrieved data comes with a caveat. To
make certain you’re disseminating factual information, make an effort
to strictly utilize reputable and reliable sources.
5. Reading comprehension
The primary culprits
are E-readers. They’re convenient and can store thousands of books.
There’s also evidence that their format makes it more difficult for
users to retain and recall information they just read. Don’t worry,
there’s no need to give up your e-reader! What we should do is make an
effort to read printed books. This will be especially helpful when
perusing information we need for academic or career purposes.
6. Hand written correspondence
Writing letters and notes incorporated hand
writing skills, organizational skills, and learning about the person or
persons you correspond with. This is another easily regained skill. Send
a letter to an old friend, relative or acquaintance.
This one may seem counter-intuitive,
especially considering how many people have smart phones, but it’s true!
We actually use email and texts far more than we talk. The solution is
self explanatory: take time make phone calls.
Using coins and paper money requires fast
arithmetic and accurate calculations. Sure debit cards are often more
practical, but cash has its benefits. In addition keeping our
calculating skills sharp, cash can actually be safer to use than debit
cards. Use cash for purchases under ten dollars. While ostensibly debit
cards are safer, they’re are susceptible to fraudulent practices such as
Distracted walking detracts from the
observations and experience of walking. It can also be dangerous.
Accidents can easily occur when we become immersed in text messages. An
easy solution is to set observation goals for each trip. If it’s a
routine walking commute, make a game of noting the changes, no matter how subtle, on your commute.
10. Expanding our knowledge base
The convenience of nearly instantaneous
information can easily become a crutch. If we’re not knowledgeable
about certain subjects such as physics, politics, or music we know we
can look it up online. That’s not necessarily a negative. What’s
problematic is that we often look up and recite the information, but
don’t actually absorb it. It may seem daunting, but this is arguably the
easiest skill to revitalize. Whenever you reference an unfamiliar subject take time to actually learn the information.