Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Emails you should send every week

I started reading Sir Vidia's Shadow by Paul Theroux this past Saturday. It's an account of Paul's thirty year friendship with the writer V.S. Naipul- and it's quite a read for anyone who writes.

But that's not why I am writing this post tonight (it's actually five  minutes past eight), I am writing to share with you something that came to mind.
Mercy asked me "who are the three people that you could email every week?"

I had to tell her ten, of which I reckon I failed that test, but the thing is- there are people you need to email once a week to build on your strengths and also learn from and overcome your weaknesses.
I tried to be brief, but these five people came to mind:
  1. Family
  2. Mentor
  3. Immediate Boss/ Employer
  4. Friend
  5. A working colleague

So...let's get a breakdown of why you need to email these five people.

  • Family: Sending an email to a family member once or twice a week is a good way of keeping in touch and letting them know that you think about them and also cherish them. You can write on their Facebook wall or send them a tweet--but what's special about an email is that you'll type the words, and you also have the privacy to open up without having unnecessary 'likes' and 'comments.'
  • Mentor: When you have someone to guide you in your life- make good use of them. Share a weekly email to update them on your experiences and challenges. Who said online mentoring does not count?
  • Immediate Boss/Employer: Fine, you work with them and answer to them daily, but sending a weekly email that summarizes your activities for that week not only shows commitment but also dedication to your job. It also means that you  understand that your employer might overlook certain suggestions you made- and are politely reminding them.
  • Friend: Send your close friends an email every week to at least organize a small lunch or tea time at your place- bond with friends, and you'll learn more from them over a snack than you would in traffic!
  • A working colleague: It's good to be appreciated. Send your colleague a thank you email at the end of the week. Thank them for what they did during the week (how they helped you write a report, served you coffee, clarified a point, lent you some cash, cracked a joke, encouraged you). Also share career advice articles with them.
So, there they are- 5 emails that you should write and send every week, and for what it's worth, I just sent my first 3, I have two more to go and I reckon it will be a while before I sign out!

Have a great week ahead!

For all that is right, let there be love-peace and understanding.

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