A good education and years of valuable experience in your particular field of expertise will, of course, get you ahead at work, but there's one basic thing that people underestimate when thinking about what could be helpful to their career—a good memory. Here are some simple things that good memory can help you with which will do wonders for your professional life.
Building from the back of your mind. You probably remember the tons of things you used to do when you were starting your job or when you were back in college. These were the small things that you had to do like writing reports or inputting data or minding the little details that went into a big team project. As you move up professionally, the work you will be doing slowly eliminates the need for you to fuss about small details like this. However, being able to recall all these things will help you have a clearer picture of how things are done.
Establishing networks. No man is an island. Admit it, you need other people to work with in order to achieve a certain amount of success in the workplace. No matter how much of an introvert you are, remember that it is essential to know other people and what they do. Be aware of each person's technical strengths, and try to get along with the people you meet. You may not even see the value of what they do well right now, but it may prove to be useful for you in the future. Make friends, not enemies. Keep all of these things in mind, as it will be useful when you need it, your good memory will help you recall who these people are who can help you with what you need.
Remembering names and events. In order for you to get around, and for people to remember who you are, you must remember who they are first. Most people may give you that lame old excuse that they are not good with names but you know what, it matters! You must admit that any person, including yourself, feels good when people around them know who they are. When you meet someone for the first time, make an effort to remember their name and take note of the place or event where you met them. This way, when you come across the same person another time, you will be able to address him by his first name. Who knows, this person may be just the one to help you get ahead in your career. Remembering people’s names will always create a good impression. If you remember them, then they will remember you too.
Be observant. Wherever you go and whatever you are doing, try your best to keep an eye out for things that may be important in your line of work. For instance, note the small places where you can buy things that are hard to find. Remember particulars when you have services done. This may be very helpful when you have projects to do. It makes work faster, because it saves you a lot of time going out and looking for or asking around about these things when you already have them stored in your memory.
The little things really go a long way. Exercise your mnemonic skills and it will go a long way in helping you succeed in your career.