What is your day job?

Using memory techniques is very handy in my business as my job requires a lot of daily and monthly updates based on what I do, therefore I have to remember a lot of jobs to do every single day, which I manage very nicely.

What’s your day job? Do you use any memory methods in your day job?


My day job is rather boring, but I would like to become a time traveling intergallactic detective. I would use my memory palace to store information about the do’s and don’ts of social interaction with all extraterestial species I have to deal with. The living room is for all the species that like me to shake their hands (or whatever they have that has that function) and the office building is for the species that will eat me when I do that.


I’m afraid that the absence of response to your question is a result of the delicate nature of one’s profession. If you clean toilets for a living (hey, someone’s got to do the dirty work) the question may not trigger much enthousiasm and if you are an aquatic animals brain surgeon you may come across as a show off person.

Maybe try something less delicate like what did you eat for dinner or how do you hang the toilet paper: over or under (under, really, why?).

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Sometimes when i am about to teach a class, i put the material of the lessons in loci, only the main points, the outline. In that way i do not have to check the notes constantly. At the same time, it helps me to connect the various topics.
Since i teach in languages that are not my mother tongue, i use memory methods to learn.
I prepared a major system to memorize numbers, but so far i have not memorized even my own phone number, nor anything else.




@erikfromholland I don’t see anything wrong at all with talking about how people do actually use memory techniques in their jobs “regardless of what they do”. Simply because we can all learn from and share with each other. I think many of us will humbly admit without any bad feeling that at some point in our lives we have done jobs where we had to clean the toilets. Not a problem with me. I don’t see anything bad about it at all. If some do then they have an issue with themselves.

Perhaps I should have changed the topic title to How do you use memory methods in your job instead. If some people find the title of the topic as offensive then It’s my bad.

Perhaps you can start a post with all that you suggested. And also tell us what this has to do with memory methods too. Also tell us why you are giving such examples as the ones you mentioned. Let me mention I am just short of 50 years old, not 5. I am not easily patronised :slight_smile: I’d love to see you start some topics about those you mentioned. It’ll be interesting to see how if at all people would respond to your “how do you hang the toilet paper: over or under (under, really, why?).” I’m curious.

If this topic did not receive any response at all, I would not think or feel bad about it. There are many topics and posts that doesn’t get any replies.
So what, next.
I certainly would not comment “your post don’t get response because bla bla” :slight_smile: The admin didn’t warn me, or deleted it, or sent me a pm about it. Let the admin decide.

Perhaps we should focus on contributing to each other :slight_smile: learning and sharing, helping to become better, improving further than we are now, like I have been doing and still trying over the years on this forum. It’s always Nice to be nice. As the saying goes “If you are Not going to say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”. However, if you do, then people may just respond and it becomes Not nice.
Let’s just go with nice. I like that one better :slight_smile:


so far I have not used any memory techniques at work but I am working on a few for my career as a software engineer… they will prove useful for “on the spot” code development.


I think that a stigma on the job you do is important to tackle. No one should be ashamed for the way they make money. Say you do clean toilets like you mentioned in your example cool, I love you. It is a job that is required. Others then have to make a choice on how to respond: demonize the position for attempted laughs, or thank the position because you like clean public toilets. You can’t demonize a position that you demand.

I cant speak for others, but I didnt reply sooner because I have had some busy days. I went to visit a large winter/christmas market with my family, which we extended with tours through historic sites over the course of a few days, so my focus was not here.

Over the past few years I have had a few jobs, so I’ll run past a few of those of how mnemonics have helped me do them, both before and after I decided to actively train them. Each job starts with a little description of what I do, then how I use mnemonics.

Operations Supervisor
Currently the best term to describe what I do is Operations Supervisor. Generally it is my task to know everyone that the company has contacts with and make sure the right people are put on the right projects, while also maintaining contacts with every related company. Everything that comes along with that is also tossed on my plate (education of our own employees, assisting workplace safety checks, etc.)

I use mnemonics to learn the names of everyone I meet. Knowing one’s name is a time thing that gets you a long way. I don’t want it to matter if I met someone two days or two years ago, I set a bar of a 95% recall rate for the names of people I met. Aside from that, it is mainly small tasks. A lot is done by the systems we use, but occasionally I need to actually memorize something.

Red Cross Emergency Medical Team & Event Team
In my spare time, I work for the Red Cross in two teams. The Emergency Medical Team is called when there is an emergency where they expect 30 or more injured, we have to do the checks to make sure that (bluntly put) those who die in minutes are seen by the on-site medical professionals before those who will die in hours. For the event team I am placed at large events (usually large sports or music events) where it is my job to again do checks to see what is going on, then treat if possible or send them to medical professionals at the local hospital.

I have memorized a few checklists, so I can start to do my measurements at all times. I also memorize the results if my partner at that time is not ready to write them down. I also have palaces for human biology, mainly large-scale anatomy and effects of various substances.

For one day every two weeks, I teach. I have been a teacher for more days in the past, teaching math, but it is not what I want to do. Currently I teach adults with severe mental disabilities to help them get the lowest of the lowest grade. This helps them get jobs that actually pay minimum wage. I teach them the basics of math. Think along the lines of “this is a circle, this is a square, this is the 20 euros that you can spend, but if you rip it in half it does not mean that you have two notes of 10 euros.”

I again use mnemonics for names, but for everything else I use images or basic writing. My students need to see things, so I right away make them. We have a huge board with all grades, and only two things are important. Is it green or is it red? Those are their grades. I make things visible to them, so why memorize it myself? I do sometimes plan classes, but I rarely put those in palaces. In the past I have memorized more for regular students. Who are fast? who need more help? who are capable of helping? Stuff like that.

A company where I also had my internship didn’t have a position as HR-manager, so I got called an assistant-manager. Everything people related was my job. Hiring and firing, tough talks and boosting morale, all my job.

When I started, I didnt have mnemonics but I did want to memorize a lot. Again, especially names. I would repeat them in my head. I would mumble their name if I saw them walking by. Anything to never forget a name. I also had every phone number inside the company memorized (which were only like 15 numbers where only the last three differed), it seemed professional to me to know them by heart.

Lets shatter the wall that might stop others from posting their not-so-fancy jobs. To pay for my education, I have been an escort. Not the sexual kind, just the simple kind of escort that is basically payed company to rich folk who don’t want to arrive at places without company. Basically I would give them an arm while walking in, look pretty for pictures, and then enjoy whatever party I was at. I would also get hired to small things like dinners or theater shows when someone just didn’t want to go alone. At those times it was less about looking pretty for someone’s image, but just let someone have an evening that they enjoy. Once I even got hired to join someone to a funeral. It was a close friend of his, but he knew no one there so he felt incredibly guilty for having to cling to others who were mourning for support. He just wanted to show up, have someone to hold, squeeze and stick to, leave and be done with it.

Sometimes I would be asked to portray a certain role on the fancy event because my client didn’t want others to know he bought some company. I would be a new assistant at a branch of the rich guys company, intern-of-the-month that is rewarded with a visit to the party, or even just play family. So I had to memorize a few things that I could say if someone asked. I would make a little story in my head, like a play, which could help me remember.


I get the feeling you have misunderstood the intention of my reactions to your post. In my first reaction I was simply trying to be funny, thinking that you and other forum members would appreciate this kind of humor. I have had simular funny reactions to my own (serious) questions from forum members and I very much appreciate these kind of responses. In my second reaction I simply made an educated guess as to why nobody responded tot your question. My advice about asking a question about the toilet paper was meant purely as a joke and I have to admit it is was perhaps not a good one.

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“me” : Mommy! I know exactly how many toilet paper rolls I used in the last 19 years! ^o^

“mommy” : sweet heart that is some endurance memory training u put urself through! Exactly Just HOW MUCH DO U OWN ME NOW IN TERMS OF TOILET ROLL MONEY?! Do ur homework, NOW!

“me” : but mommy my dream job is to stalk how many toilet paper is used by others each day!
“mommy” : wat kind of &%&%en job is that?

“me” : toilet cleaning mommy, so I can keep up my mnemonic training :smiley:

Merry Christmas u guys ~(’’~’’)~

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I’m a CEO of a company and I tend to use mnemonics for two things. First, to remember verbal discussions ie., someone asked me to address an issue or follow up on something. Most of my days are pretty hectic and by the end of the day some issues would get lost. I use to ask people to send me a quick email or whatsapp message as a reminder but now I use my office as memory palace or I use the number shape pegging…1 = pencil, 2 is swan, etc. and I memorize this issue on the fly.

Second, I use memory palaces for memorizing/summarizing key points in a presentations/articles/books I’m reading.


That’s a great method, and works well. It certainly helps to work faster by at least 5 fold.
I also have 20 spots I use in my little office for every single thing I have to do on a daily basis. When I look around they are all placed there “talking to me” one after another :slight_smile:

Amazing how our brain can record all of this information in the right order by simply using memory palaces.

I find that creating and using a mind map before I place them into a palace seems to be very powerful also. With the mind map, I can see how many items I have to place into each room at my palace. Some will have 3, and some as much as 6. I draw my mindmaps on an A4 and keep every single one in my Mind Maps folder. This way I can go back to the subject and recall the whole thing very easily, and add it to long term memory if I wish to.

Do you also use mind maps?