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The Power of Memory Palace: How a Superb Memory Is Built

The Power of Memory Palace: How a Superb Memory Is Built

Since we are going to discuss a completely crazy technique, let’s first get our brain in the right frame of mind. What would you say if I posed the following question: Whenever Pavlov rang a bell, did he have an urge to feed a dog?

Now remain in this state of mind as we learn a crazy and amazing technique that works immediately.

Memory Palace — The Power of Remembering Without Memorizing

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    So, what is this crazy thing called Method of Loci, otherwise known as a Memory Palace? It is a method of memory enhancement using visualization and spatial memory. It anchors familiar information so you can quickly recall data. It is credited to the ancient people of Rome and Greece and is used by memory champions across the world.

    This is a technique that should be taught in schools across the globe. The key here is to forget about trying to force facts and information into your head through repetition. Instead, try to link the ideas in interesting ways that allow you to easily recall the data. Essentially, this is a journey through your mind.

    Creating a Memory Palace

    Let’s see how this technique works.

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    • Step 1: Choose a location you are familiar with (i.e. your current home).
    • Step 2: Rehearse this journey in your mind several times. Try to think of your emotion in each room.
    • Step 3: Place a piece of information in each room and anchor it in a corner or on a physical object like a bed.
    • Step 4: Draw your Memory Palace.
    • Step 5: Begin your journey and make things interesting so they pop in your mind (i.e. nude images in weird locations!). The key is for the information to stick. Essentially, go wild and crazy with this technique… you don’t have to tell anyone.

    Method of Loci for Geometry

    Let’s demonstrate how this can work with math. If you are learning Geometry, which is difficult enough as it is, let’s see how this can be done using a Memory Palace in combination with a mnemonic device (First Letter Mnemonic).

      How to Remember the Value of Pi

      The number Pi is a mathematical constant. It is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Typically, people will approximate it to 3.14 or 3.14159. Yet, Pi has been calculated to the quadrillionth digit… that is 2,000,000,000,000,000! I don’t expect anyone to calculate this, but let’s look at an easy way to remember Pi up to 10 decimal places.

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      To do this we simply count the number of letters in each word. Pi to 10 decimal places (word lengths are digits):

      • May I have a large container of coffee ready for today?
      • May (3) I (1) have (4) a (1) large (5) container (9) of (2) coffee (6) ready (5) for (3) today (5)

      So, we find Pi to 10 decimal places = 3.1415926535

      Mnemonic Device + Method of Loci = Superb Memory

      If you are looking for a superior memory, try combining a mnemonic device with the Method of Loci. Let’s look at a few examples of this.

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      Remember the Days in a Month

        Remember the World Geography

        Look at the first letter of each country and makes up an easy-to-remember sentence with each word’s first letter share the same letter as the county names’.

          Stop Memorizing, Start Having Fun

          You will be amazed how powerful these techniques are once you start practicing them. They are fun, easy to learn, easy to use, and they work immediately. It is hard to believe how powerful some of these crazy techniques are. So, get weird, have fun, and develop a superb memory!

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          What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

          What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

          If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

          So, what to do in free time?

          Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

          Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

          1. Reading Files

          Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

          Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

          2. Clear out Inbox

          Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

          If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

          3. Phone Calls

          Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

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          Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

          4. Make Money

          This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

          If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

          Try these 17 Types of Online Work at Home Jobs that Really Pay Off.

          5. File

          No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

          But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

          Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

          6. Network

          Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

          7. Clear out Feeds

          If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

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          8. Goal Time

          Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

          If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

          Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

          9. Update Finances

          Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

          Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

          10. Brainstorm Ideas

          Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

          11. Clear off Desk

          Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

          Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

          12. Exercise

          Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

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          13. Take a Walk

          This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

          It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

          14. Follow up

          Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

          When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

          15. Meditate

          You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

          Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

          16. Research

          This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

          If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

          17. Outline

          Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

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          18. Get Prepped

          Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

          You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

          19. Be Early

          Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

          Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

          20. Log

          If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

          Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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