I’ve mentioned before that I’m a very dedicated user of the Anki app. It helps me learn and remember a lot of things, and it’s something I spent at least a bit of time with every day.
Like most things, though, it’s only as good as the information that you put into it. I’m pretty good about putting new people and ideas in there, but occasionally I’ll forget. This has come up a few times when Ali has asked me something like “who is that person we had lunch with last month?“
Usually, I’ll have the answer right away. When I don’t, it frustrates me a bit that I can’t remember, until I realize that they never made it into Anki and that’s why it’s slipped my mind. Over the past few months I’ve added a couple more tasks into my weekly preview, with one of them being to “Make sure that people I met or talked to last week are in Anki“.
I still miss a few, but now I probably catch 99% of those that need to be in there. I still may miss one again in the future, but hopefully the next time Ali asks for the name of the person is that we had lunch with last month, I’ll have the answer ready and waiting.