I’ve only just started my memory journey, and I’m really excited by the possibiltities. The past few weeks I’ve been practicing an alphabet peg list (visual alphabet), and researching as much as I can about memory palace, and I also have a few basic questions.
I’ve managed to map out at least 30 loci between my front door, and halfway into the first room. This is an exciting prospect to think that my house alone can have anywhere between 200-300 loci. But it brings up some (I feel) basic questions…
Do you use your palaces for long term or short term information?
I’ve seen examples of both. Some people seem to use the just one memory palace to encode information over and over again. But others have different palaces for specific information. I feel like my home is a special place, so I’m kinda thinking of using for something permanent, but not sure what yet (hah!)
How often do you practice visualising your memory palace? I find I have to really focus and concentrate to mentally walk through my house and remember the spots… What’s your process, and how long did it take you to make it effortless?
How do you encode and memorise really short, non-sequencial bits of information? (this is the important question for me).
For example, I may be reading a book and come across a random fact about Winston Churchill. This isn’t part of a journey or a larger set of information that I need to contextualise in his life. It’s just something he did on a specific date, and if it comes up in conversation, I want to be able to recall that information quickly rather than googling it.
I feel like this is going to be my go-to use-case for memory traiing, so it’s an important question to me. What’s your process for this type of info? How do you encode it? Recall it? I’ve tried using my visual alphabet, but it feels a bit arbitrary, Do I stick with it, or is there a better system for this type of random trivia?