How do y’all deal with the issue of layout and floor plan accuracy when mapping out a memory palace?
When I first started with the method of loci, I would draw out the floor plan (of very well known places). It would take me a long time, but I think it helped me get started and think more spatially. (Probably it was a desirable difficulty). If possible I would go find photos and street views on the net. This worked great, but it’s too darn slow. Since then I’ve practiced a good deal and have experimented with on-the-fly memory palace creation. It works faster but skips large sections of the memory palace (because I end up not recalling details when going that fast). The on-the-fly method uses-up memory palaces too fast.
By now, I’ve used up the houses that I know the best. What’s left are the places I know less perfectly. For example, my first job was 10+ years ago. There are parts of that building that I remember ultra vividly, but they are interspersed between “vague” elements in my brain. When I sat down to draw it out, I realize I just don’t know. Also, it was an open-plan office with a huge high tech manufacturing facility. It was a secretive startup that’s now out of business so I won’t be able to find photos online. Mentally it feels a lot like when you first visit a city, quickly you recognize different neighborhoods, but it takes a while longer to know how they all connect and how the overall city it laid-out. (It’s like my memory has regressed to this earlier level that lacks a clear overview).
What would you do in my situation? I could:
- Spend some time each day to recall different events and try to jig-saw them back into a floor plan that makes logical sense
- Break up this office and factory into mini-palaces that only consist of the parts I do recall vividly, then sort of string them together
- Other ideas?