The Link Method of Memory.
The Link Method of Memory is very easy to learn. By the time you’ve finished reading this blog post you’ll have mastered it.
The link method does exactly what it says in the name, it links items together. You do this by creating a mental image. Then you link that image to the next item on your list. Then the next, until you have linked the full list.
First, let’s assume that you have a list of shopping and chores.
- Cat food
- Breakfast cereal
- Hair cut
That’s ten items in total. Here’s what you do.
Turn Everyday Items into Mental Images
Imagine a huge can of Cat food and hundreds of cats trying to climb it to get inside.
Then imagine that tin of cat food tipping over but instead of cat food, thousands of boxes of breakfast cereal (choose your brand) pours out knocking you over.
You fall on top of huge loaf of bread.
You look around but you’re high up and the only way to get down is to jump, into a lake of cold milk.
As you struggle out of the lake of cold milk, you find yourself in a field where giants are pulling huge clumps of potatoes from the ground and then throwing them over their shoulders.
As you run to escape the falling potatoes you run into a fence made entirely of broccoli.
As you push your way through the fence made of broccoli, you lose your shoes. So, you go to the shoe store to buy a new pair, but they are all too small.
As you are trying on the shoes, a petrol pump starts cutting your hair.
As your hair falls to the ground it turns into grass and begins to grow. All around your feet, tiny lawnmowers race around cutting it to shreds.
The key to the link method of memory is to link one image to the next one in sequence and to make the image as ridiculous as possible. The image must be memorable. The more vivid and absurd the image you create, the easier it will be to retain and recall.
Without reading over the above description, you will find that you can, with very little effort, recall in perfect order the list of 10 items and chores.
Try it and see if you can write down all 10 items. Bet you can.