Evernote for better memory?
I was skeptical too.
Until I met Charles Byrd.
As a 15 year Silicon Valley veteran with an extensive background in technology and software, Charles needed Evernote to work better. His success demanded it.
But although Charles has some great things to teach us about optimizing Evernote for better memory, he’s also part of the larger memory improvement community. Just wait until you hear how he still uses lesson from Dominic O’Brien he learned a long time ago.
As a public speaker, trainer, and life long learner, Charles has combined his understanding of mnemonics with technology and productivity and become a recognized expert in the field.
He is also the founder of the company Byrd Word, LLC – specializing in productivity training, marketing, and technology to expand his reach. He specializes in the tools and workflows that will organize your team, reduce your anxiety, and x2 your business, school progress and personal improvement journey.
To learn more about how Charles can help you use Evernote in ways that improve your memory and productivity, I recommend his Kill the Chaos presentation.
Evernote For Memory Vs. Mind Mapping
After recording the interview with Charles, one of the first questions I had was how technologies like Evernote compare with Mind Mapping.
As you know, Mind Map Mastery is a worthy skill every lifelong learner should develop.
After you listen to this interview, I think you’ll have ideas on exactly how you can apply Charles’ core process to your mind map strategy.
Although how you would apply these techniques differ in time, what I love about the information Charles shares in this interview is that you can apply the “decision parameters” to all kinds of media.
Indeed, I am thinking about ways to combine mind maps with Memory Palaces and Evernote in one fell swoop as we speak.
The simple process even applies to your memory training practice with Memory Palaces.
In many ways, I’ve been applying a similar process for years, but Charles has streamlined everything into a kind of ars combinatoria that any mnemonist can quickly link to their hand for use with any information you encounter in life.
Wouldn’t Evernote Cause More Digital Amnesia?
It’s a great question.
The answer is…
Digital Amnesia is a real issue, one that all mature learners in the 21st century face.
But as Charles demonstrates beyond all doubt, it’s more about our habits around technology than anything else.
In other words, we need to avoid the traps of technological determinism. We cannot blame the technology for how we behave. But we can use the technology to help ensure we operate in better ways.
Can Evernote Provide Brain Exercise?
Although we didn’t talk about this question on the interview, I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
When thinking about brain exercise apps, memory experts are divided.
As a question of application, I think this software certainly can be used for brain exercise.
As a quick example, imagine using Evernote to capture all of the 00-99 images you create based on the Major Method for your PAO.
Likewise, you could enter a number of mnemonic examples of Magnetic Imagery you’ve drawn and placed in a Magnetic Memory Palace for review in Evernote:
Then, simply schedule in a review period that exposes you to your drawings without revealing the answers. This is a fantastic way to keep learning and give your brain an extra workout throughout the day.
This process also provides a simple and direct way for you to challenge your brain without feeding it the information, all within a simple app.
The trick is in making sure you have some “desirable difficulty” as part of the process so that you’re challenged. Sans Forgetica has been working in this area recently around reading, and using obstacles to move your memory forward is what personally applied Memory Palace science is ultimately all about.
But if you’re looking for the best memory improvement exercises, just make sure that you match the desired outcome with the processes and the information that will get you there.
Further Memory Improvement Software Discussion & Resources
There are many other learning opportunities related to technology and memory on the Magnetic Memory Method site.
For language learning:
For General Technology and Human Memory Discussion:
In all cases, the danger I see above all in discussions like these is the human element. Whether its “organic” memory techniques like the Memory Palace or a software, we always risk too much self-involvement with the information.
So after listening to this podcast with Charles Byrd, I encourage you to think about how all of these strategies apply to you getting more out of your human relationships.
To that end:
I’d love to hear your thoughts and more about your memory improvement journey in the comments below.