One Quick Trick to Remember Anything (without memorization) | #RTYBTips Episode 5
Aloha and welcome back to my channel. Today I am going to teach you a very cool trick, that I refer to as the mind palace. This trick will help you remember anything without memorizing.
Also today is remembrance day in Canada — I want to take this moment to thank all the veterans and troops who fought and continue to fight for our freedom and democracy.
I started using the mind palace back in 2019 when I first heard memory champion, Ron White, talk about it in an interview.
Plain and simple, the mind palace – also known as the loci method – is a technique that encourages you to remember things visually and based on location. I am going to take you through the three steps you need to follow to use the mind palace properly and start impressing your friends. And if you read ’til the end, I am going to share a game that you can play with friends or family to help you practice using the mind palace.
1) Pick a Space You Are Familiar With
This space can be your home, your gym, your office, etc.. Just make sure you can close your eyes and use your mind to “walk through” this space, noting all the details. Details could be things like furniture, appliances, and rooms. This space is going to be your min palace, and you are going to use each detail in your palace to visually store your memories.
I personally use my house as my mind palace. I can “walk through” my house, going from left to right, noting each detail. For example, the washing machine, the dryer, the wine fridge, the laundry hamper, the front closet, the hall closet, the bathroom, etc… Which brings me to step two…
2) Put the Memory in a Specific Spot
Let’s say you want to remember a grocery list. Then each grocery item gets visually stored in a specific spot of your mind palace. Or let’s say you want to remember lines in a speech – in this case, each line or major topic gets stored in a specific spot.
Continuing with the grocery list example, if I wanted to remember “apples,” I would visually store apples in the first spot in my mind palace: the washing machine. And if I wanted to remember “oranges,” I would visually store oranges in the second spot in my mind palace: the dryer.
The reason this method works so well is because humans have an easier time recalling memories as stories (i.e. memories that are visual / pictures and are in a particular location). So if you pictured apples tumbling about in the washing machine, to remember what to buy once you arrive at the grocery store, all you have to do is use your mind to “walk back” to your washing machine and take a peek at what’s inside.
But… there are a couple more elements to stories which help with memory. That brings me to step three.
3) Add Sensations and Emotions
When you add sensations (such as touch, taste, smell, sound) and emotions (such as happy, sad, annoyance, anger, excitement, etc.), you personalize your story to a greater degree. The more you personalize, the easier it will be to remember.
Let’s continue with the grocery store example: Instead of just remembering apples in the washing machine, I would remember apple tumbling in the washing machine. And all the tumbling would make loud booming noises. The tumbling would also make the apples bruises, which is not tasty to eat. Upon seeing and hearing this disaster in the washing machine, I would become very sad.
Now, instead of just a simple visual, we have a personalize mind palace visual. Here’s the simple breakdown:
- Sight – apples tumbling about in the washing machine
- Sound – booming sound as the apples tumble about
- Emotion – sadness because the apples are bruised and won’t be good to eat
Pretty cool method, eh?
Try this Game to Practice Your Mind Palace
If you want to start impressing your friends with your memory, try playing this memory game.
The game works by picking a topic / category, such as items in the grocery store or cities of the world. Then, going through the alphabet A – Z, the first person names a grocery item / city starting with “A”. For example: “Apples” / “Ajax”. Then, the second person adds to this list by naming a grocery item / city starting with “B”. BUT, before they do this, they have to repeat what the first person said. For example: the second person would say “apples” / Ajax”, and then “bananas” / “Burlington”. For every item on the list, I challenge you to add it to your mind palace. If someone forgets an item on the list or they take too long to recall an item (e.g. 10 seconds) they are out of the game! The last standing player, wins.
There is no such thing as a good or bad memory. There is only a trained or an untrained memory.Jim Kwik
That quote you just read is one of my favourite of all time. I’ve only been using the mind palace for 1 1/2 years now and I’ve noticed a massive improvement in my memory.
If you use the mind palace, let me know in the comments below! If you think this post was useful, don’t forget to share it with at least 1 friend.
As always, I hope you have a great day and don’t forget to make this the #YearofYou!
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