How To Never Forget An Appointment Again? Solid Tactics
You can remember the things you want to do during a day by Linking the appointment/errands or by Pegging them by number. Just review your Link or Peg every so often during the day.
For many this will suffice. But to show you how flexible and specific the ideas are, we’ll delve a bit deeper into appointment/errands.
How would you like to always remember
your wife’s birthday?
Just forget it once!
Compartments Are All You Need
Each compartment will be the day/time slot, the thing you already know, to which you can reminder-connect the new thing.
You already have those compartments for single day/hour appointment/errands. Use your Peg Words from, say, 1 to 12, to encompass twelve hours. (Use 1 to 24 to encompass 24 hours.) If you want to remember your dental appointment at 9 o’clock, associate bee to dentist.
You have a 1 o’clock luncheon appointment with Mr. Randall—see a doll running (run doll; Randall) up and down your tie. And so on.
In the morning, or the night before, mentally go over your Peg Words. You might want to start with, say, 8—8 o’clock in the morning. So you’d think—ivy, bee, toes, tot, tin, tie, Noah, Ma, rye, law, shoe, cow—which takes you to 7 o’clock in the evening. When you think of a Peg Word to which you’ve associated an appointment/errand, that appointment/ errand will immediately come to mind. Go over your Peg Words periodically during the day.
Weekly Appointment/Errand Compartments
Okay, how about all those next-week appointments you need to remember? Your compartments must represent a specific day and hour. The best way is to consider Monday the first day of the week, because it’s normally the first business day of the week:
Monday = 1 Friday = 5
Tuesday = 2 Saturday = 6
Wednesday = 3 Sunday = 7
Thursday = 4
Let the first consonant of the compartment word represent the day of the week and the next consonant represent the hour of the day.
Because Monday is the first day, each compartment word for a Monday appointment will begin with the T or D sound, representing 1. So in this context, the word tot can only represent Monday (1st day) at 1 o’clock.
tin-Monday at 2 dish-Monday at 6
tomb-Monday at 3 dog-Monday at 7
tyre-Monday at 4 dove-Monday at 8
towel-Monday at 5 tub-Monday at 9
What about 10, 11, and 12 o’clock? Use “0” for 10; no confusion possible since there is no “zero” o’clock. So toes represents Monday at 10 o’clock. Make up a word, within the system, for 11 and 12 o’clock. For example, for Monday (1) at 11 o’clock you could use dated, touted, or toted. For 12 o’clock—titan, tighten, deaden.
Do you see the simplicity of the idea?
An appointment comes up for, say, next Monday at 4 o’clock. The compartment, or slot, is tyre because that represents Monday at 4. Associate the appointment to tyre iust as you’ve already learned. Use whatever you have to use in the association.
For example, say you have an appointment at Growth Company at 412 9th Street with Mr. Brown. If all you need is the company name you might simply visualize a growth on a tyre. If you want to be reminded of the address you might “see” that growth turning rotten (412) and moving up (9th St.). If you want to remember Mr. Brown, see the tyre (with the rotten growth moving up) drowning, Drown- Brown. (Or you could picture a brown tyre—although drown is a stronger slap in the face.)
It takes much longer for me to write than for you to do. Next Monday morning (or Sunday night) go over your compartments (Peg Words) for Monday. Each associated appointment/errand will pop into your mind! You need only try it to be convinced.
What about daytime/nighttime hours?
What about appointments on the half hour?
Three quarter hour?
Don’t create problems where none really exists. If you have an 11 o’clock dental appointment, you know that it’s at 11 A.M., not 11 P.M. Common sense is all that’s needed. You can, however, make the system work as specifically as you want it to. Include a word in your association to tell you the minutes. If your appointment with Mr. Brown at Growth Company is for 4:18, get a dove (18) into the picture.
I never bother with this because, for me, it ordinarily isn’t necessary. I use only half hours. I include a half grapefruit in any association to tell me that it’s on the half’hour. If an appointment is at quarter past an hour, I use my onthe- hour compartment. If it’s a quarter to the hour, I use the half hour before. I’m fifteen minutes early in those cases. In fact, true memory usually tells me the exact time; all I need is the reminder.
You can include anything in an association to remind you of whatever you like. Just make up a standard, and use it whenever you want to be reminded of that particular piece of information.
You can, for example, always include poem in your picture (one of the things in the picture is reciting a poem) to tell you that it’s a P.M. appointment. If there’s no poem in the association, then it’s an A.M. appointment.
Or, use aim to represent A.M. One of the things in your picture is aiming a rifle.
It’s up to you—use what’s best for you.
The compartment words for Tuesday are the Peg Words starting with net (2nd day, 1st hour). Net, nun, name, Nero, nail, notch, neck, knife, knob, nose (N = 2nd day; S = 0 or 10 o’clock). For 11 o’clock: knitted, knotted, knighted, noted. For 12 o’clock: Indian, antenna.
Wednesday: mat, (m = 3rd day; T = 1st hour), moon, mummy, mower, mule, match, mug, movie, mop, mouse. For 11 o’clock: mated, or imitate. For 12 o’clock: mitten, mutton, or maiden.
Thursday (4th day): rod, rain, ram, rower, roll, roach, rock, roof, rope, rose. For 11 o’clock: rotate or raided. For 12 o’clock: rotten, written, or rattan.
Friday (5th day): lot, lion, loom, lure, lily, leech, log, lava, lip, lace. For 11 o’clock: lighted or loaded. For 12 o’clock: laden or Aladdin.
Saturday (6th day): sheet, chain, chum, cherry, jail, choochoo, chalk, chef, ship, cheese. For 11 o’clock: cheated or jaded. For 12 o’clock: chutney, or shut in.
Sunday (7th day): cot, coin, comb, car, coal, cage, coke, cave, cob, case. For 11 o’clock: cadet or coated. For 12 o’clock: kitten or cotton.
Once you’ve locked in that Monday is the first day of the week, Tuesday the second day, and so on, you will find using the compartment words simple and crystal clear. (You can, of course, change the system to make any day the first day.)
Any appointment/errand that comes up for next week is easily “filed” into its compartment by associating the appointment to the proper word—the word that can represent only that particular day/hour.
Each morning or night before, starting next Monday, go over your words for that day and you’ll know what you have to do that day—and at which hour!