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Here's How I Finally Memorized My Fiancée's Phone Number

I made up a little story about my brother's birthday party.

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Recently my fiancée and I had to confess something to each other.

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It turns out it's a common phenomenon. Since so many carry cell phones and no longer learn a set of phone numbers by repeated dialings, it's common for couples not to know each other's numbers. In fact, Sarah Ruth and I weren't even close to remembering.

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But then a friend reminded me of the very basic story-telling mnemonic device. All you do is break down the parts of any sequence and then make up a story with those parts.

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Many have written on this method - and I think Andi Bell's work, "Memory Pack" might be the most famous. For my purposes, I just needed a simple story. I started with my brother’s birth year - Gabriel was born in 1990.

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Next I thought about the gifts he'd received at the party.

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I'll forever associate 23 with Michael Jordan and there are 52 cards in a deck. Then I had a few digits left and couldn't think of any related gifts. So...I just thought about how these digits were actually my favorite number times 2.

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Worth noting – I'm obviously obscuring her phone number here by not giving you all ten digits. It's my fiancée's number and she is taken. But each time I recall my story now, I can get to the digits faster.

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My fiancée's story was much different than mine but equally effective.

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If you'd like to try this, think of dates, places, and currencies important to you. It could be your favorite coffee shop or car. You can also search for your uses of a number in your texts if you have a smartphone.

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Now go forth and memorize!

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