How to Remember Anything Instantly

Would you like to know how to remember anything instantly? Many people — whether young or old — will admit to having a bad memory. Nelson Dellis, USA Memory Champion, offers up a few key techniques that can be used anywhere anytime to help you remember your to-do or shopping list.

How to Remember Anything Instantly

Want to know how to remember anything instantly? Create a storage location in your mind. That will make it easier to come back and retrieve it when you need it.
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Pay attention. If you don’t make an effort to consciously tune in and focus on what someone’s telling you or that shopping list in front of you, no strategy will work. Period.

Place the pictures on a path. “When we remember something, we don’t usually store it some place where we can retrieve it,” Dellis says. The solution? Create that place. Choose a location you know well, like your house, and pick a familiar path through it. Then, place your series of pictures along the path, interacting with specific markers—a closet, a couch, a door. The idea is that once you’ve placed all the items you want to memorize, all you have to do is walk back through that same path to “see” them.

You can read more about Nelson Dellis’ techniques here.

The reason most of us don’t know how to remember anything instantly is that we don’t have a structured storage and retrieval system. Memory champions are expert at storing information in a way that makes it easy to get the information out of their brains when they need it. As Nelson Dellis mentions in his second point above, we can create the place or location for storing the information. Then all we have to do is walk back in our minds to that spot to retrieve the information. Pretty cool, huh?

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