I have completed construction on the first 3 areas of my memory palace, and now have 60 loci to use as storage for remembering lists and cards etc. I still want to add 2 more rooms, that would yield a total of 100 loci, but for now I want to become comfortable with the journey up to 60 spots. the nice thing is that each area is a block of 20 loci, so I can practice using them separately or as a whole.
With the first part of the palace completed I decided to shift my focus to memorising the first of the books that I felt I want to keep in my memory palace. So I started with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. My first goal was to use the statue in my memory palace (a permanent feature) and build the structure. For this I quickly scanned the book to get the main sections and chapters in each section. This gave me the first 3 levels of the structure that I will need to remember the book. Now I'm busy reading the book very attentively, noting important points that I want to remember. Once I finish each chapter I will load the important points into the main structure. For my first two books will follow this procedure, as both of them contain certain points that I find valuable, the prose is of very little importance to me in these two cases, so only the main points need to be memorised.
I should learn a lot while installing these two books, and hope to expand on it, as my main goal for training my memory is not to become a memory champion, but rather to have specific quotes and main points in books. Names, telephone numbers and other everyday info is also important to me.