The 100 List, 80-99 … time to chunk it!
[wp_ad_camp_5]Does it all seem too much to remember? A long memory list, useful enough, but difficult for you to learn in the first place? Then make use of one of my favourite memory techniques – chunking. Break the task down into smaller parts, and work on each one separately. It not only makes the task easier, it eases the pressure on the stress pedal. A hundred might seem too much, but ten sets of ten is no problem!
In this case, the ‘problem’ is that there are one hundred characters to memorise, and to successfully link them to one hundred numbers. Let’s be honest, that feels like a lot of stuff to memorise! But, looking at it from a different perspective, that’s only ten sets of ten! And a set of ten characters and numbers is definitely do-able. Far easier than the entire memory list. Bingo! No stress!
Take one of your ten sets of ten from your memory list and work on it for a while. Within a day or two you’ll probably know it inside out, backwards, and in random order. Move on to the next set when you’re ready, and not before (taking time to review the first set occasionally as you work on the new one). Carry on this way for as long as it takes, probably only a week or two. And doing it this way you’ll find it easier, and less stressful.
|THE 100 LIST, 80-89|
|No.||CHARACTER||UNIQUE ACTION||MEMORY NOTES|
|80||Del-boy/Only Fools||twanging red braces||ouch! as they snap back|
|81||Marty McFly||hover-boarding||"Back to the Future"|
|82||Richard Branson||holding a toy balloon||Built 'Great House', '82|
|83||Mr. T, The A-Team||doing pull-ups||Mr. T rhymes with 83|
|84||Bob Geldof||rattling collection tin||fundraising, '84|
|85||Dot Cotton/Easties||scarf over curlers||EastEnders started '85|
|86||Lord Lichfield||taking photographs|
|87||Harry Potter||waving wand, spells||anything goes! It's magic!|
|88||Arnie||doing d/bell curls||88 bulges like his biceps!|
|89||Quasimodo||ringing a handbell||hunched over|
Make it a Hollywood production … complete with special effects!
When a Hollywood film company starts production (and even before, in pre-production), they have to be constantly aware of costs. Watch the credits roll after a major film and just see how many people were involved. It often amounts to thousands of individuals.
Now think how expensive all those separate facets of film making must have been, including film/screenplay rights, cast and crew wages, location costs, special effects, music rights, shooting costs, post-production costs, marketing and distribution, etc, etc. Astronomical! And you naively thought they just turned up in New York one weekend with a cheap video camera and a few actors! 😉
Well, the good news is you can make your own highly polished production, with no limit on the special effects involved (or any other limit actually), and it won’t cost you a single penny. All it will cost you is a little time and effort. And the working title of your production? The Memory List, of course!
|THE 100 LIST, 90-99|
|No.||CHARACTER||UNIQUE ACTION||MEMORY NOTES|
|90||Jeeves||running a bath||90% of J&W's IQ!!|
|91||Benny Hill||with a rattly milk crate||"Fastest Milkman in the West"|
|92||Rocky||putting on gloves||... or taping his hands|
|93||Fred Elliott||chopping meat||Coronation Street character|
|94||Steven Spielberg||using movie camera|
|95||Henry VIII||slinging chicken bones|
|96||Judge Judy||banging gavel||her show started '96|
|97||Lady Di||using metal detector||died '97|
|98||Bill Gates||working at a computer||Windows '98|
|99||Will Hay||shackled||"Convict 99", one of his films|
Make it a real blockbuster
It’s worth taking time and putting in some effort so that what you produce is as engaging, as enthralling, as funny, as fascinating, and as memorable as a Hollywood blockbuster. When you’re using the memory list for real, don’t rush the production process, take your time (unless you’re in a time-limited situation of course), and see to it that what you end up with is something that you enjoy, that you want to see again, and that you remember clearly.
Some of your characters will likely be big-time Hollywood stars anyway, so give them the star treatment! Lay on a big production. Why not … it’s not going to cost you a penny!
Use everything available to you – humour, sex, slapstick, violence, vibrant colours, resonant sounds, special effects, explosions, talking animals, highly expressive ‘actors’, speed, action, weird situations, real dinosaurs! … the list could go on and on. Don’t skimp on anything. Remember, the production costs could rack up at an astonishing rate and you still won’t have to foot the bill, so really go for it.
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