System 1 - Number rhyme
IN 5 MINUTES TIME YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RECALL A 10 ITEM SHOPPING
LIST IN ORDER, BACKWARDS, FORWARDS, AND INSIDE OUT!
Take each number between 1 and 10 - I will be using numbers in the text to make it easier for you to read.
Now create rhymes for each of those numbers. You should do it yourself, but here is what I use. This is not exclusive and you may prefer your own rhymes. What is important is that they are memorable, and solid concrete ideas –emotions will not work. You are working with pictures not ideas!
MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STAGE ONLY WHEN YOU ARE SURE THAT YOU CAN REMEMBER YOUR OBJECT RHYMES.
Now, when you say the word ‘1’, immediately you should have the rhyme of a bun (in my case). ‘5’ would make you think of a bee-hive. You will get quicker in time, like the trickle becomes a stream, and it will take less effort.
This is your peg system.
Now I am going to give you another list – this time to remember.
Your task now is to join your RHYME to the appropriate object that you want to remember.
For example the sixth item on our list is a jacket. 6 rhymes with sticks, so imagine the jacket being beaten up with some sticks or a similar image. Maybe the jacket is playing the drums. Do the same for each item on the list. Here is a simple table to help you.
As you memorize each picture, try to make it move - have action in it, and keep it clear in your mind. Use the power memory booster tips of humour, larger than life etc. as mentioned earlier. Don’t worry about forgetting earlier items. They are still there. Just concentrate on each picture as you get to it. Now, close your eyes. Say to yourself ‘1’ and recall the rhyme. What was the
rhyme linked to …..
Amazingly as you go through each object you will recall the number, then the rhyme, and finally the picture which includes what you are trying to remember. Try it next time you go shopping!!
But perhaps the what you will find most unnerving is that once memorized, you will find it hard to stop your memory from throwing out the information! Images will tumble out faster and faster as you get used to using your memory. Its very strange at first, but you will get used to it.