How to remember appointments.
Don’t you HATE getting that call?
Nothing is more revealing about your memory than forgetting an appointment you’ve made.
Not only does it make others wonder about you…….
It’s a worry for you, too.
This time you were meeting a friend who might understand.
But what if you had been a critical meeting at work, or a speaking engagement or when you were responsible for opening a conference.
How could you possibly have forgotten?
Is it normal to forget appointments?
Memory changes in your 50’s and 60’s are usually quite normal.
And as I say, over and over,
Normal, but NOT acceptable!
Forgetting appointments happens because your prospective memory lets you down.
An effective prospective memory lets you use information you know NOW at some time in the future. Keeping appointments is a great example!
The last thing you want is for others to think of you as getting older and not on top of things.
You don’t need to accept that image for yourself.
No matter what age you are.
Prospective memory changes happen around the age of 50 but there are ways of making sure that your performance isn’t affected.
How others like you remember appointments.
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“The Memory Tune course has helped me be more aware of people and events. It has taught me how to remember and be more observant. I plan to continue to keep up these skills and continue improving my memory. Thank you both for this opportunity“. Maureen, New Zealand.
How to remember appointments with confidence.
People all over the world have told us it takes less than 2 minutes to master this technique. It is an ACTIVE process that anyone can do.
The secret is in creating strong memory traces.
Here is what to do, step-by-step.
Quickly revise this Two-Minute solution.
Step #1: As soon as you make an appointment, ‘connect’ it in as many was as you can:
– ‘see’ the date on your calendar
– visualize where the appointment will take place
– mentally plan how you will get there
– who will you see? recall the face and the name.
– what might you talk about?
With these steps you will have made 5 ‘connections’ and a strong memory trace.
Step #2: Back up the appointment with physical reminders.
You choose how …
– make a diary entry, write it on your calendar
– set an alert on your computer/smartphone
– place a post-it note somewhere prominent
(Just the actions of doing these will mean you probably won’t need them!)
Step #3: Stay ‘in the moment’
Don’t let your mind wander when creating a memory trace for the appointment.
The SECRET is staying alert though the sequence.
Make sure YOU are in control.
It’s a simple strategy. AND. IT. WORKS.
It works because you are giving your prospective memory multiple ways of recalling the appointment. Then, when the appointment is scheduled, you have more than one cue and association to bring the time, date and location to mind.
Always be conscious of creating memory traces.
- You will remember appointments.
- You will exercise, rebuild and strengthen an important part of your brain.
- And your alert and youthful brain will impress your friends!
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