What are the most useful ways of retaining memories?
In a conversation which closed recently on TED, discussants considered the question of whether taking photographs adds to, or detracts from, ones experiences of life over time. For some, taking photographs destroys the moment and they find preserving an artifact to jog memory as artificial - that important memories will be retained automatically. Others disagreed.
My question is whether maintaining any sorts of artifacts, journal entries, or other forms of documentation add to your experience of your life? If you maintain a journal or record of some kind, what sort of tidbit do you capture? What you saw? How you felt? Snippets of conversation? A sight that might become a prompt for creative work? Do you return to these periodically and put them to particular use?