Thursday, 8 August 2013

Pit stop

I have travelled to my brother's house many times, driving the same route.

We need at least one break along the way and have several options for a pit stop.

They are much the same: service stations by the highway with a place to park up and eat and somewhere to fuel the car.

Pulling off the road, I was never quite sure which of the places I was visiting. They are so similar they tend to merge into one.

So I decided to remember them all.

Now when I make this or another journey, I include an image of the place where we stopped on my mental calendar, with the little features that distinguish one from another.

The images are included in my reviews.

Now I can put the places to their names. When the time is coming up for a stop on the journey, I can say: "This is the one with the comfy chairs, the next one in 20 minutes has the nice views."

 It's not much of a party trick, I know, but it is one of the small things I have gained from this process of remembering.

Of course, I could have just put effort into memorising all the stops along the route, but dropping information I want to remember into my memory tags is much easier.


  1. I just found your blog through and discovering that it's possible to be able to retain one's whole life this way, really blows my mind.

    I want to begin on this as well. Thank you for making your experiences available. I'll begin reading up on your blog.

    Kind regards,

  2. Thanks Jesper. I've just found out how to check on comments, which is why I'm only replying now! I'm now into the third year of this process and have full mental calendars for 2012 and 2013, enabling me to call up the key image for any day during that time. My current refresh technique for ensuring I don't forget any images is given via the link under 'about me'. It has changed over time and will no doubt continue to evolve as the days pile up.