Why Memory Palaces work and 5 tips to get you started

Why and how to create your Memory Palace and 4 tips to help get you started

BIG IDEA:

A Memory Palace is a Technique used to Help You Store Large Amounts of Information

If you aren’t already using a memory palace as a storage technique, I highly recommend you start now! 

It is a technique used by top world memory competitors around the globe. The concept of using memory palaces dates back to the time of the Ancient Romans and Greeks, about 2,000 years ago! Recording or note-taking tools did not exist back then so they used this powerful tool to help them remember large amounts of information effectively.

This short video is going to tell you WHAT a memory palace is, WHY you should use a memory palace and more importantly HOW to create your memory palace.

What is a Memory Palace?

A memory palace is another term used to refer to a journey or roman room technique. A map of either a familiar route or room is created using locations within that route or room. These locations serve as folders or hooks that enable you to store additional information onto.

Why you should Use a Memory Palace  

Your brain builds on to what it already knows (a familiar journey or room). Therefore on a physiological level it is easy for your brain to add new extra information to these memories that are already in place.

As mentioned earlier, every top memory competitor at the world memory championship uses the memory palace technique to store vast amounts of information. The scores and results from the world memory competition, to the everyday person on the street, seem beyond human capability.

How do you Create a Memory Palace and 4 tips to help you get started.

Below are 6 simple steps to follow, when creating a memory palace.

STEP 1

Choose a journey you know well, e.g. a ‘journey’ around your house.

STEP 2

Plot locations, in an ordered way, around that journey, e.g start with your bed as location number 1, 2 could be the dressing table, 3 could be the bathroom, 4 the passage, 5 the stairs and so on. You know your house extremely well and it is unlikely that you are going to get lost between your bedroom and your kitchen.

STEP 3

Quickly write 1 – 20 down a page and fill out your 20 locations. It is important not to cross paths and not to use the same location twice.

STEP 4

Review your memory palace from beginning to end and then go backwards. See if you can move backwards. Can you remember each of the locations without looking? If you cannot do it for now, don’t fret. You can practice it over time and you will get better at it.

STEP 5

Practice storing information onto the locations of your journeys. Begin by using simple words and imagine them in the locations. It is important to use all of your senses when doing this. By doing this you will trick your brain into believing the information is real and important.

STEP 6

After having stored 5 words in 5 locations, it is important to revise them.

Here are 5 handy additional tips to use when creating a memory palace

TIP 1

Use journeys that you really enjoy.

TIP 2 

Begin building 2 journeys today. .

TIP 3

Build at least another 8 tomorrow. If you can do this you will have more journeys stored than 99% of the population. Very few people are disciplined enough to get to this point.

TIP 4

Continue to store information onto your journeys. Revise the information often!  Add novelty as well as your imagination to any of the concepts that you store on your locations or memory palace to help boost your retention.

TIP 4.5

Keep practising. The more you practice the better and faster you will become.

“I have used this method for the past 20 years every single day. When I first began using it, it was difficult and laborious. As time went on, it became a way of life for me and I realised that our brain’s storage capacity is infinite. It has changed who I am as a person and it has empowered me both in my professional and personal life.”

About Daren Denholm

Daren Denholm went from nearly failing University to becoming the Highest Ranked Competitor at the World Memory Championships from Africa and the Southern Hemisphere for 6 years in a row! (2006 – 2011) He was also the only person in the world to compete in ALL 6 World Memory Championships during this time.