Fans of ‘Sherlock’ would have observed the title character used his ‘mind palace’ to solve cases. The mind/memory palace is memory technique not only used by Sherlock, but also by contestants in memory championships. It is also a memory technique you can use as well.
The memory palace (Method of loci ) uses visualization to organize and recall information. The concept is to memorize the layout of building(palace) that you are familiar with, for example your house. When you want to remember a list of items you visual the items at different locations within the palace. When you want to recall the items, you literally ‘walk’ through your palace to the location your items.
For example, you want to remember your shopping list- eggs, milk, butter, sugar, and coffee. With your house as your memory palace you imagine have walked to your front and have stepped on some eggs. You then walk to your foyer and someone has poured milk on your head.You enter your kitchen and slip of butter on the kitchen floor. You walk into your dining room to see your children pouring sugar on the dining table.You walk into the living room to see your spouse drinking coffee.
I got inspired to use the memory palace after reading Moonwalking with Einstein. The memory palace is not limited to shopping lists.I have used it to help me remember things like the Zachman Framework or the Architecture Development Methodogy(TOGAF), to name a few.
Here are some things I have learnt while creating memory palaces:
- It is best to use memory palaces you are familiar with.
- You can have infinite number of memory palaces
- Walk through your palaces periodically,this will help solidify your memory
- There is no limit on how to use your imagination to store information in your memory palaces.