I’m reading the book The Only Skill That Matters. It’s pretty interesting. Fascinating, really. I’m only about halfway through so I haven’t gotten to the part about speed-reading. The first half has explained how our memory works, and has started to lay out some ways to improve it. Yep, fascinating stuff.
Chapter 7 introduces the memory palace. Also known as the method of loci, it basically uses our uncanny knack as humans to be aware of our surroundings. It’s why, when we ask someone about a big event in the past, we say, ‘Where were you when… ?’
This article explains how to make use of memory palaces. This book, Moonwalking With Einstein, chronicles its author’s quest to improve his memory. It seems it’ll take some practice to get good at visualizing things I want to commit to memory, and then assigning them to various locations. From what I understand, though, it’s a pretty legit game-changer. I’m going to give it a go.