If you read any of the Sherlock Holmes’ stories or even seen any of the movies, you have most likely heard of the Mind Palace. This technique stands for organizing and sorting information in your own brain so that you do not forget anything. The trick is to imagine sorting out the information just like in the library catalogues, or in computer files, or anything that seems familiar to you. When new information comes in you assign it to the proper category and place and try to memorize it. When your brain will be trying to find some information, you will be able to find anything you want. Well, at least Sherlock Holmes was. This technique is not an easy one to use, especially by beginners. We’ve collected a list of 4 simple steps that will help you improve your memory and find the best system for you.
1. Break the information
If you need to remember a long sequence of numbers, like the bank account number, or the telephone number, it is much easier to break it down into groups of 2-4 digits. If it is easier for you to remember groups of 3 numbers, learn to break down any sequence into these groups.
2. Focus on the most important
Do not distract yourself with much details – it will be harder for your brain to organize the information. Focus on what is important and pay attention to detail – the necessary details will come up as soon as you memorize the key information.
In order to find some information online we use keywords, the same technique will help you organize and store information in your brain. If you have to remember loads of information, you can break it into groups, and assign a keyword to each group that will help you remember all. This helps most people doing public speeches and presentations.
There is a particular order in narratives that might help you a great deal if you learn to use it wisely. Your brain knows how the story works, so you can record new information over the story that will help you remember it bit by bit. You can use an old story that you know by heart or create a new one by using associations with the information you have to remember.