The Major System in Pictures – 5

Memorise a list with the Major System

In the normal course of events, the items will start at number 1 if you’re trying to memorise a list. There may well be times, though, that you need to memorise a list and the items are actually numbered with leading zeroes (01, 02, etc). In situations like that, the Major System would fall down … unless, of course, you had taken precautions!

And so, just in case you need to use them, here’s the leading zero numbers (and the double zero, just for good measure). Once you’ve taken care to add these to your Major System images, you’ll be prepared to memorise a list, even if it starts at 00!

Why would you need to memorise a list starting at 00?

Usually this would not happen of course. If you want to memorise a list you naturally start at number 1. But let’s say you’re running a business and you have products listed by number, and let’s say the product numbering system automatically numbers items from 00 onwards … then it could come in very handy to have the memory images from 00-09 to take account of this unusual activity (unusual for a human, that is, but not for a computer system!).

So, in a situation like that, and if you wanted to memorise a list of products with such numbers, you’d need those few extra few images. Guess what … they’re here for you! Enjoy!

The Major System in Pictures, 00-09
00 - Zeus

00 - Zeus

01 - Suit

01 - Suit

02 - Swan

02 - Swan

03 - Sumo

03 - Sumo

04 - Zorro

04 - Zorro

05 - Seal

05 - Seal

06 - Sash

06 - Sash

07 - Sock

07 - Sock

08 - Sofa

08 - Sofa

09 - Soap

09 - Soap

Now you’re equipped to memorise a list … any list!

This completes the list of memory pegs and memory images for every number from zero to 100, including those from 00 to 09.

You’ll notice that the Greek god Zeus is at double zero, which befits a god – even when there’s nothing there, just a void, there is a god, presiding over the emptiness! You’ll notice also that 07 is depicted as a sock, but not just any old sock … this one has attitude! Any time you can add something to an item, something that will give it some character, you should go for it. Anything in your list that has to be numbered 07 can now be linked to the sock puppet character, and that will be a lot easier to imagine in situations that a plain old sock.

Now, once you’ve memorised the entire list of words and images for all the two-digit numbers, you’ll be well equipped to memorise long lists of things. And you’ll also have access to the Major System words and images for linking to anything else. Remember, you need never feel that you have certain memory techniques and memory systems only for specific purposes. You can use any of them to memorise a list of any number of things. You can mix and match at will. Just try to remember which system you’re actually using, if you want to steer clear of confusion.

The right list for the right job

For small numbers of items (say 10-20), you might do better to memorise a list using the alphabet list. For groups of just a few items (less than 10), you might be better of using a body list (just link items to five or ten different body parts), or a house list (link to different rooms). To memorise a list of many items you’d be better off with the Major System or the 100 List.

To feel really comfortable with all these options, it would be as well to make a note of what lists you will work with, and what type of things you will use each one for. Then, when you need to memorise a list, you’ll know immediately which list to use.

To learn more about the Major System, take a look at these other pages: learn the Major System peg words (these will help you to master this amazing system), and learn how to use the Major System as a Mental Notebook. Naturally, you’ll need to check out the other pages that detail all the numbers up to 100.

All the links you need are also in the sidebar >>

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