Memorise appointments using the Major System
You can very easily apply the Major System to various things, and a good example would be to make sure you never forget an appointment. By substituting sounds for numbers, you can create images and keep track of appointments more effectively, and actually quite easily.
Naturally, you have to be very familiar with the Major System peg words, but that’s easily taken care of. I’ve given you a list of all the two-digit numbers from 00-99, but there’s absolutely nothing to stop you making a list of your own. In fact, it might be better if you did! The fact that you’ve worked on them yourself will personalise them for you, and make them your words.
‘Hang’ the details on Major System peg words
So, if you haven’t already familiarised yourself with the peg words, now’s the time! Go to my page on the Major System Peg Words and take a look at them, or revise the list you’ve made yourself.
Now, assuming for the moment that we’re talking about appointments this week, the only thing you have to actually remember is the day and the time. Actually, you probably don’t need a memory system if that’s all you have to recall … unless, of course, you have several appointments arranged! If all you have to remember for this week is an appointment for a check-up at the optician’s, then your natural memory will take care of that easily enough. But let’s say you’re an estate agent and you have anything from twelve to twenty appointments a week, week after week. Your natural memory might well struggle to handle that amount of information.
And before we go any further, let me say, the common sense thing to do is to use an appointments diary. It would be a bit daft not to, really. But why not use this system as well – it takes only moments to ‘set’ an appointment in your mind anyway (using this system), and it’s quicker to consult your list of appointments mentally than to get your diary out and flick through the pages. As a bonus, you’ll look more professional to clients if you can reel off dates and times immediately and accurately and without shuffling papers. Additionally, you will know those appointments, which could turn out to be critical if you forget your diary or actually lose it altogether.
Okay, now to the nuts and bolts of this technique. All you need to memorise is the day of the week, and the time of the appointment, right? The days are numbered 1-7, and the time is in the form of numbers as well, so it’s pretty straightforward to make the whole thing a number.
The days of the week are numbered as follows (or you can change the numbering to suit yourself):
Sunday -1 Monday – 2 Tuesday – 3 Wednesday – 4
Thursday – 5 Friday – 6 Saturday – 7
Let’s say you have an appointment to show a Mr. Smith round a property on Wednesday at 3 o’clock. Okay, since Wednesday is represented by the number 4, that’s the first number. Then the time is 3 o’clock – which obviously is 3 (see how easy this is! And we’ll get to more precise times later). So the number you have to remember is 43 (4 for the day, 3 for the time).
Now, according to the Major System (if you’re using the words I’ve suggested), 43 is represented by the word ‘ram’. So, assuming you know (or have met) Mr. Smith, all you have to do is imagine him associated with the image of a ram. You could see him standing outside the property and getting shoved against the door by a ram. Of course, you should make it a really big, fierce ram, or a ram that’s unusual in some way – in memory work, you always want to make things odd or unusual so they stick in your mind.
So there you are – you have a simple, two-digit number, for which you’ve substituted a memorable image or scene, and that is linked to Mr. Smith. Incidentally, if you haven’t actually met him yet, you could imagine him as a burly blacksmith, complete with leather apron, sleeves rolled up and soot on his face – that should remind you that he’s a ‘smith’. Oh, and if you’re familiar with the property, then you can incorporate an image of it in the scene, and if not, then use some other device to ‘lock’ it in place for the appointment. Using the same system, memorise the house number, and using any method that comes to mind, memorise the street name.