It completely changed the game for me. Memory palaces indirectly help me TREMENDOUSLY with my attention.
I’ll try to explain but please take it easy on me, it’s an emotional subject and I doubt that I’ll be able to correctly express how. Here I go!
From my personal experience with attention deficit, when I try to follow someone in a conversation, before I am done focusing on the first word he said, the person has already spoken a dozen! So I end up discouraged, stressed, lost, and I am forced to put all effort into fooling the person by pretending to understand and to follow.
I later realised that what I thought to be short term memory problems when immediately forgetting lyrics to a song, listening to someone, forgetting what I am reading, what have you, were actually this same attention problem.
Memory palaces made me realize this because I don’t need to get stuck on the first word anymore, instead I encode everything in images which in turn I put in a memory palace, all on the go, and if I didn’t understand, I recall it and make sense out of it then. When I recall and when I create the palace, I am the creator, attention no longer is a problem, it seems as though with every image I create my disappearing focus and attention refreshes, and boy is it a breath of fresh air!
I got better with time, way better, and now it just doesn’t matter whether I am more or less attentive.
Anyone can do it I believe, you just have to start small but don’t stop, a bit everyday grab one tiny thing you want to remember, make an image out of it, and stick in weirdly in your shower, or in your favourite spot in a restaurant or wherever, then next time, when you think of something else to add, you can put on the cash register, etc.
The problems you shared with us, I had them all, now I don’t thanks to memory techniques. The effects these have and have had on my attention and my memory and my life in a whole are so big I’m at a loss of words.
Perhaps one has to live it to fully understand it. Or I’m not so good with words, by the way, sorry for the too long of a post!