How to Remember Information Without Writing It Down — Like a Spy Does

“By placing the element that you need to remember in an area on a circuit that you know well, you are fixing that unknown element to something known, and are embedding the element in your memory.”

This one’s for all you wannabe James Bonds.

Business Insider interviewed a former British Secret Service MI6 agent to learn how spies remember important information without writing it down.

It involves an image association technique in which you associate vital new information with previously known information that’s embedded in your memory already — for example, the nooks and crannies of your family home.