My first post.
A big thank you to everyone on this forum. Reading the posts here have made a HUGE impact on my life. I found the books of Anthony Metiver and the wonderful book “The Memory Code” by Lynne Kelly from this forum. Both have been life changing!
Here is my horrible, shameful secret: I am a recovering Supermemo / Anki addict.
I have now concluded that a Memory Palace system is far superior to Spaced Repetition Software (SRS).
(For a variety of reasons…. I may post about them later if anyone is interested).
However, I am quite slow when it comes to my initial learning, populating, and memorizing of my memory palace.
I started off testing a few types of palaces.
1.) Outside journeys around my home
2.) Inside my home
3.) 3d video game worlds
4.) 2d video game screens
So far, I found films work the best.
Here is my current process:
1.) Take a screenshot of each scene in a movie.
2.) In MS Paint write BIG YELLOW NUMBERS over 1 or more places I want to use as Loci.
3.) Put the image on an Anki card
4.) On the back of the Anki card write the image name, what I want to memorize, and my outrageous imaginary image I am using to encode the image (i.e. my mnemonic).
5.) Create a text file with my entire palace and another text file filled in with my Loci, Information, and Mnemonic.
6.) After 1 month I delete ALL of the Anki cards. After that, I just mentally review my palace when needed to keep the information for life.
I have memorized: quotes, computer science stuff (a lot of VIM commands!), lots of historical information, and more.
Here is my question:
Is this a crutch?
Am I slow?
It takes me quite a while to fill up a palace this way. Maybe with experience, I can learn a faster method?
I rarely add more than 10 loci a day.
Reading the feats of memory champions has led me to conclude that I may be the planets slowest memory palace user.
Thank you for any help!