I have already written about the memory palace memorisation technique (go and read the previous post if you don't know what I'm talking about), but I did not cover a very important point there: Where can you find memory palaces to use in your memorisation?
Why we may need a very big array of palaces
Obviously you may not need to memorise pi, but maybe you enjoy memorising poems or history facts and need more than the occasional shopping list enabled memory palaces. Let's see how we can enhance our mental landscape.
What to do with the 'palaces' you will find
Warming up: your home and known towns
The first set of memory palaces you can create is the most basic and the one you should be using since the beginning. Your current home, the house were you were raised and the routes from these to your work and your school/highschool. These are the basic blocks that you should be using for your shopping lists, to-do list and similar very frequent tasks.
These are the basics mostly because you don't need any effort to picture them clearly in your mind, you don't even need to write them down (but you should, just to see how many palaces you have).
Getting deeper: Offices and frequent routes
Now think about your frequent routes: from your house to your parents' place, from your house to the bakery and so on. The kind of walks you do weekly (or more frequent) but not the standard work commute.
These are pretty basic, too: they are always in your radar, as you are seeing them frequently.
Get exotic: holidays, foreign cities, travel routes
This set is a little harder, but with a little help from your picture books and Google images you can use the wonderful landscapes you've been as memorisation aides.
Want it all: friends and relatives houses
You have to be a little more careful with these, as visiting a friend and discovering the plan is completely different can disrupt your memory for that particular palace. In practice, if you have been to a house and visited all rooms, you should be able to visualise them without any problems. If you have not been to a particular room, you can choose between creating your own picture or just keeping it closed. If you are sure you won't enter it ever, create your own: there will be no problems!
Going overkill: childhood homes and "odd places"
And finally, the odd buildings list. Like your local church or museum, a beloved place in your hometown, special places and similar. Whatever you can visualise you can use as a memory palace, you only need to 'think about it'.
For this list you can use the suggestions from the previous with respect to long-forgotten rooms.
Well, a very important task is to get used to all these places again. Pick the list and carry it with you anywhere, and for a week or two just take it out occasionally and read it quickly. After that time, trim the descriptions and test your recall of the places. If some of them are too hard for you to visualise, just remove them from the list. There is no point in wasting effort when your list should be long enough already.
When you are profficient in traveling your new memory palaces, you just need to use them. To memorise what? Well, this is up to you now!
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