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As we wrap up the month, I want to give you three reflection questions that will also prepare you for a special theme month coming up in April at BethBeutler.com. Our theme will be “All Things Calendar.” Each of our postings, and much of our social media content, will be focused on how to use your calendar in the most effective way. We’ll be having a drawing for a couple of great prizes from our sponsor, Greenville Office Supply. More details coming your way soon!
In the meantime, here are three questions for you to reflect on for THIS month:
1. Did you use a calendar to plan your time?
2. How effectively did your calendar usage assist you in being productive and stress free?
3. What is one thing that was on your calendar in March that looking back, you realized now should have been taken off?
I hope you’ll take some time with these questions so that you can make your calendar work better for you in April.
Contact me with any questions you’d like to see addressed or tips you want to see during All Things Calendar.
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps. 90:12 NIV
Image: I received this tape dispenser as a door prize at an event at Greenville Office Supply.
When is the last time you received a sincere thank-you note (electronic or written)?
I’m not talking about the quick “thank you” many of us add to the bottom of our emails, or the one sentence text (meaningful though it might have been.) I’m talking about a warm, inspiring note that caused you to pause and almost want to thank the writer for making your day.
Quality thank you notes are a lost art. We are living in a day of quick communication when people are juggling so many details in their heads that they may simply forget to write a thank you note for a gift, experience or favor. But it’s not as hard as you think. Here is an effective three-part formula to help you write the type of thank you message that will have the recipient thanking YOU.
The “You-Me-You” method goes like this:
YOU – point out the actual gift or thoughtful gesture you experienced because of someone else. It could be a tangible item, a service provided, or their presence at an event.
ME – write a brief acknowledgement of how you were affected by the gesture, how it made you feel, and the difference it made in your life (i.e. what memory it will bring up.)
YOU– compliment something specific about the person that is not necessarily related to the gift they gave you.
Now let’s practice. Let’s say Sally took Brianna to lunch for her birthday, and also gave her a cute necklace in acknowledgement of the special day.
Brianna could use the You-Me-You method in this way:
Thank you for taking time to take me to lunch for my birthday. I really enjoyed spending time with you at a favorite restaurant, and the cute necklace was a nice surprise. When I wear it, I will fondly think of you and our friendship, and how much we laughed!
I am grateful for you. You may not be aware of this, but your cheerful spirit uplifts me and I frequently gain wisdom from our discussions. I am blessed to have you as part of my life.
Another tip: be careful in using superlative or trite words in a note. This can come across as over-flattering, insincere or cliche. Sally could have added words such as “always uplifts me” or “phenomenal necklace” but it might have sounded forced. Just be warm and honest without embellishing.
Now, how does that compare with:
Thanks for taking me to lunch and giving me a necklace for my birthday. I really appreciate it.
While any thank you is nicer than none, do you see how enriching the first note is compared to the second, without being much longer or time intensive? Which would you rather receive?
Question: What’s the best thank-you note you ever received?
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Who has time for personal or professional development?
Dedicated professionals know that it is important to invest in ourselves. Our physical, mental and emotional health play a role into how we can carry out our professional goals. But it can be difficult to make time for feeding ourselves healthy information and inspiration. Here are a list of ten tools that can make it easier, some of which that I am currently using.
How about you? Do you have a plan for your professional and personal development?
*Caveat: Many of you know that as a follower of Christ, my faith saturates all aspects of my life. I provide this list with the advice to be discerning. Not every tool completely aligns with my worldview, and I have indicated those with an *. However, I feel the tools can have valuable elements and are worth listing.
Today Facebook reminded me that I have officially been in business for one year. Really? It has already been a year? It has ONLY been a year? The desire and dream of owning my own PR firm was planted in my heart a long time ago. Many factors led to my plunge but ultimately it was God’s timing that sealed the deal. Basically, I needed to develop my craft and be circled with an extensive, powerful network of clients and collaborators for a sustainable launch. What I didn’t anticipate was the having to put on my big-girl pants and figure out my own special recipe for work-life integration. Oh what a year of growth!
Let me save you some stress, anxiety, and heartaches by sharing a few crucial amazing and heart-filled lessons that I have learned over the past 12 months. Perhaps this post is just a self-reflection or it will touch one or three thousand budding hopeful entrepreneurs. Save yourself some sanity and stand firm on boundaries around these 7 things.
I cannot believe my business is already a year old. Happy birthday, Parachute Partners… thanks for the grey hairs but ability to make a difference the way God intended for me to do.
If you are in business for yourself or thinking of taking the plunge, know that you can do this but it might be a little wonky finding that balance or integration that first year. Learn from my top 7 tips on how to keep sane, okay?
I am thankful for this wild journey and see God’s blessings in my work each day. Here’s to our second year serving the world’s best clients.
Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Half Crazy Mother, and Frazzled Wife