This is a journal I’m keeping to track my memory improvement for the next month. I will be posting my thoughts, opinions, techniques, progress in terms of benchmarks, and other related matter over here. I will try to update this thread as often as I have a certain amount of new substantial information(New things I have learned, updates on benchmarks, etc.) to post. I think we should expect a new post every other day or so, but don’t call me out on it if I don’t post so. I am excited to see where I end up by month’s end.
I am a currently unemployed(yeah, no s**t) 25 year old male with a bachelors in physics. I found the art of memory about a week ago, and have been engrossed in it since. I’ve read a few books, countless articles, and been practicing various techniques. I would rate my working memory 4/10 compared to what it used to be in my childhood.
I’ll admit I haven’t had much time to develop my own thoughts/ideas on memorization, but here is where I stand;
- Emotionally intense thoughts + strong visualizations create strong memories. I want to try to feel emotions in my memories and see if that helps in terms of memorization.
- Concentrated, self-aware, deliberate practice improves skills, and as long as I can stay in the zone of deliberate improvement, I will keep improving.
- I would like to be able to memorize what happened each month of the past decade, globally as well as personally.
- I want to use numerical memorization as my goal, and find what is the optimal way of memorizing digits. I have currently assigned a person/action/object to each number 0-9 and use them to create my journeys.
Meditation(Measured subjectively in terms of clarity/visualization strength, focus/attention)
- 15 minutes mindfulness, 4/10 visualization strength, 6/10 undivided attention.
Numerical memorization(Time taken to memorize 30 random digits)
- 170 seconds, 30 digits. The time to come up with each image is taking too long, and so is the time to make sure each image is memorable enough. I will try to incorporate 10 different feelings in each image and see if that helps. I also think clarity of these images makes them memorable, and mind aren’t clear enough.
Clarity/Strength of memory palaces’ visualization
- 5/10, details are hazy/blurry and need some time to be created, unable to fully visualize my memory palace down to the tiniest detail at will. I used to be able to create worlds in my head as a teenager, so I know it’s possible. This is the most frustrating part of my experience yet, I want to be able to create crystal clear images.
- 250 mg in the morning, 96 mg mid-day/2.5 miles ran+2.5 miles walked/8 hours of poor quality sleep
Humanbenchmark.com testing(Reaction time, number memory, visual memory, word memory, without any techniques)
- 193 ms, 14 digits, 14 points, 162 words