Blogger: Wendy Lawton
If you’ve read my blog posts for any amount of time you’ve probably guessed I’m a productivity junkie. I can’t help it, I love systems and I relish order. For a change of pace today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite systems. it’s simple, but it works like a charm.
I usually offer organizational tips that have to do with writing instead of life in general, but time is our most precious commodity and any time saved is potential writing time. Besides, one of the dangers of our profession is isolation. I want to stay connected to the people I care about and I’m guessing you do as well, so here’s a tip that may help with that.
Writers connect with people through words.Usually written words. I’m much more comfortable writing things than picking up the telephone or visiting with a person so I’ve long been a fan of sending greetings when I’m thinking about someone. It used to be that I’d hear someone was in the hospital or was having a birthday and I’d make a note to go to the store and buy a card. All in all, it probably took the best part of an hour to do this with travel time to town and back. Plus it became another entry on my too-complicated to-do list.
A few years back I decided to develop a better system. I use hanging file folders for everything. Why not set up a series of folders for greeting cards? It’s worked perfectly. My greeting card file is right at my desk in the left file drawer. I shop for cards once every month or so and restock the folders. I usually have about a dozen cards in each folder, divided by occasion. I also have a folder full of blank cards for longer letters.
Now, when I see a friend’s Facebook post about an illness or a triumph, a loss or a birthday, I just choose a card from the appropriate file and voila! I’ve been able to celebrate or sympathize without the danger of letting it slip through the cracks.
I even have a folder for stamps right with the cards and always make sure I have fun stamps available as well.
If you realize you need a gift at the last minute, you’ll have the perfect card on hand and you can just slip a gift card in it. (Yes, I have a file for those as well– my emergency back-up.)
So that’s my random tip of the day. Try it and I’ll bet you’ll love the time it saves.
Your turn. What time-saving tip or system can you share with us?