Ever walk into a room and forget why you ended up there? End up with approximately 2,920 emails that you forgot to reply to? Forget your lunch regularly? No idea what that person you’ve only just met’s name is? Basically – do you struggle to remember, well, anything?
Now you can breathe a sigh of relief because there’s a really easy way to making sure you remember everything.
Apparently, all you have to do is create a memory palace. It sounds a little bit like a mix between the Harry Potter pensieve and Sherlock’s mind place, but it’s essentially a little corner of your mind where you store everything you need to remember. Think of a place you know in real life (your bedroom/high street/nearest IKEA) and apply that to your imagination as your memory palace. Then, when you need to remember something, you store it in that location.
Need an example? Okay, think of it like this. You have a meeting next week but you’re so overloaded with work that you know you’ll forget it. Imagine yourself in your chosen imaginary space standing and speaking to your peers next to a board with the date of said meeting on it.
If you need to remember your gym kit for your post-work yoga session, imagine yourself in your memory palace wearing your favourite Lululemon leggings and packing a bulging sports bag.
And it works for everything. Birthdays, dates, a pint of milk. It creates a vivid visualisation of the thing you need to remember, meaning that you’re less likely to forget it.
And science agrees that a memory palace works. In 2017, a study showed that those with an imaginary room increased their ability to remember things and even improved their brain function.
The only thing you have to remember is your memory palace. Try it.