Create a Memory Journey

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The main memory technique that is used by memory champions is called anchoring and descends from memory techniques used by the Ancient Greeks (see for more). It takes advantage of your brain's overwhelming abilities in visual and spatial processing to create often absurd and always interesting mental images that are very easy to remember.

A Memory Journey is a journey through a place that you are familiar with (such as your house) where you use items as anchors for the things you need to remember. As a bonus, you can remember these frontwards and backwards (like a wonkavator).
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Step 1: Pick special objects to be anchors

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1. Pick a familiar location for your memory journey such as your house.
2. Choose objects that are special to you in some way, the more emotional you can make things, the more memorable it will be.*
3. Draw a line from object to object so you know what path to take.
4. Commit the list to memory by walking through it in real life or in your mind.

*All of my musical instruments (objects that I care about deeply) are destroyed or defaced each time I anchor something to them, making it easier to remember.

Step 2: Get a list to memorize

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I wanted to be able to recite the alphabet backwards so I memorized the alphabet list that follows with my memory journey.

1. Apples, Almond Milk
2. Bacon, Butter, Black Beans, Blue Berries
3. Cow, Chocolate, Chicken
4. Deer
5. Eggs
6. Fish
7. Gatorade
8. Hot Dogs
9. Icecream
10. Jelly
11. Kangaroo, Kiwi
12. Lettuce
13. Mango
14. Nuts
15. Orange, Onion
16. Popcorn, Pasta, Potato
17. Quail
18. Rooibis tea, Rhubarb, Rutabega
19. Salsa, Sweet Potato, Squash
20. Tortilla chips, Taco shells
21. Umami *
22. Vanilla
23. Watermelon, water
24. Xanthum Gum
25. Yams (canned yams to differentiate from sweet potatos)
26. Zucchini

Let's do an example together where we peg the first item on the alphabet food list (Apples and Almond Milk) to the first item of my memory journey (Front Door).

*Alternatively you can use Umbrella here instead of Umami (I don't eat many foods beginning with U)
DragonDon9 months ago
I've heard of this kind of thing before. It's pretty neat. Will have to try it one day.
adi121042 years ago
Great i found this instructables quite similar to mind map ^.^