Dates and times can be very elusive, and many people tend to forget them frequently. It is a difficult task remembering all dates and meetings you’re supposed to, such as your doctor’s appointment, an important meeting, or even your child’s day off in school. All you need is a few tips here and there, and you’ll never miss another date again.
Jot it down. Writing a list of future engagements will help you remember that you are supposed to be somewhere on a particular date. If you are invited to a party, commit it to memory and write it down. You can even go the extra mile and buy your host a present. You will not only make him happy, but you will be reminded that you are meant to be someplace for an event.
Pen and Paper. The good old-fashion note-taking tools will save you a lot of forgotten messages in a telephone conversation. Keep a pad of paper and pen near the phone so you won’t miss any important information. It’s a good idea to carry around a small notebook and pen in your pocket, always handy for unexpected use.
Mark it on a calendar. Calendars are there to inform you of dates, so use them to remind you of dates important to you. You can directly mark your calendars just as soon as you receive your appointment schedule. Write short notes on designated dates to remind you of their importance.
Plan it. Diaries or planners help you keep your schedule on the right track. You don’t really need a bulky planner, unless you need to have all those pages. A simple planner that has a calendar and space for notes is sufficient. What’s important is that it keeps your dates organized.
Use your cell phone. Take time to enter a short note in your mobile phone’s organizer for future use. You can also set an alarm in your phone’s calendar to remind you of an important appointment that includes the date, time, and place.
Dates are insignificant if they don’t mean anything to you. But once they are associated with a person or an event, you can’t afford to miss them. Keep reminding yourself that somebody needs your presence and you need to be someplace important. Review your planner at least once each day and be conscious of personal matters.