What is the best tool to use as an aid to recalling and organizing memories?
May 9, 2011 9:54 PM Subscribe
According to the answers to this AskMe
, there are a lot of us geezers who get fuzzy on our pasts as our pasts get longer.
posted by quarterframer to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid 40s and I've never been good at remembering the timeline of specific events in my own past. Friends, jobs, cities, relationships, school... it's all there in the brain, but it kind of melts together as far as which year was which.
My life is not interesting to anyone but me, but still, I'd like to get it down for my own satisfaction. I've tried writing things out in notebooks, but memories come out piecemeal and there's no way to insert new rememberings--one thing will lead to another and the flipping of pages doesn't really work. I tried a TiddlyWiki but I couldn't see everything at once and it seemed, oddly enough, scatterbrained. I tried Excel and I couldn't find good ways to overlap things that overlapped. Mind-mapping sofware seemed right for mapping an idea, but not a timeline.
Is there any system or software well-suited as an aid to recalling and organizing memories? Ideally it would be something like a timeline that could expand and contract as memories are recalled and then recorded.