Earlier this week I was helping my father move out of his apartment in Pennsylvania. As I made my way from room to room with boxes and tape, something in the bathroom caught my eye. He had a 2020 wall calendar hanging above the toilet. Upon closer investigation, I saw that all of his appointments were written on it.
At first, I thought that was an odd place to keep a calendar. But the more I considered it, I realized it’s actually a brilliant way to keep from missing appointments. I’ve always known that my father is a very smart man, but this is next level genius.
Think about it. The bathroom might be the room you visit most in your home. You may not be there for very long, but you probably stop in at least four times a day, and maybe even more if you’re working from home. If your calendar is above or next to your toilet, you’re going to glance at it, and that will remind you of all the things you need to do in the days and weeks ahead. Do that half a dozen times every day and those appointments will be locked in your brain.
My 83-year-old father has a smart phone but doesn’t use it for anything more than making phone calls and the occasional Google search. I’m not even sure if he’s aware of the calendar feature. But he doesn’t need it. He has the Toilet Time Analog Appointment Tracking System instead. It works perfectly for him.