Remembering stuff is hard. And a lot of things we have to remember come streaming in all day. Phone numbers, facts, contents of photos…it’s a lot to process. I realized the other day that if for some reason, I was stuck on the highway and my iPhone’s battery was dead, I wouldn’t be able to remember hardly anyone’s phone number to call for help. I rely so much on my iPhone to help me remember stuff that if I should happen to lose it, I’d be lost. Sure, if just my iPhone went missing I could look up the information on my Macs, iPad or iCloud, but if all that went away tomorrow, and I had to use a pay phone to call anyone but my parents or grandparents, I’d be totally unable to get ahold of anyone.
I stumbled across Eidetic for iPhone a couple months ago and it helped me memorize a handful of phone numbers that are important enough to remember them. Eidetic has a couple levels of intensity so you can either cram something in in a day or several days. It’s probably better for long-term memory to slowly remember information than to just cram for 24 hours but I’m no expert at this. I will say however, that having Eidetic remind me to remember the phone numbers every so often really did help me commit them to long-term memory.
My next goal is to commit greetings in various languages to long-term memory as part of my Agile Results sprint for September 2012. I’ve been looking up how to say “Hello” in a different language every day and I tried to recall one this morning and I had already forgotten it. I’m gonna start programming them into Eidetic each day and do the one day cram. I’m hoping that’ll be enough to remember each other.
Aside from numbers, Eidetic has settings to help you remember quotes, vocabulary and photos. I think the idea with the photos function is to load up a photo, and then you can type in an “answer”. I’m not sure how hard it is to remember a photo, but it’s nice it’s another option.