Remember when you could spend most nights on the phone to your mates or down the pub catching up? It probably seems like a long time ago now, but you don’t need to lose touch with friends and family. Here are some ideas to keep them in the loop while you’re running around…
Keeping in touch online
Instead of long, individual emails, try sending out short, snappy ones. They’re less daunting to write so you’re likely to send more of them, more frequently.
If you do want to write a long email, there’s nothing wrong with sending it as a group email to all your pals, or copying and pasting it to send to other people – just make sure you change the name at the top!
It’s also nice to add a few more personal touches to the beginning and end so the reader can’t suss out it’s a copy.
You may have thought it was a passing fad, but Facebook is here to stay. If you haven’t joined yet then it’s worth the few minutes it takes to get set up. You’ll be surprised at how many people you know are on there and it makes keeping in touch extremely easy.
You can post updates and pictures so all your pals know what you’re up to without you having to contact them individually, and you’ll be able to keep track of them too.
Some phones allow you to access Facebook while you’re on the move, so you can update it while you’re waiting for the bus or at the local park.
Keeping in touch by phone
Use your mobile to call people for a chat while on your lunch break from work, or on the way to the shops.
Be honest and explain where you are at the beginning of the call so they don’t feel fobbed off, and make it a regular habit so people know you care.
A picture says a thousand words so if you don’t have time to make a call or send a text, try taking a photo on your phone and sending it out to your pals with a caption – they’ll know where you are and what you’re up to and the onus will be on them to reply.
Keeping in touch by post
Sometimes a text or an email just won’t do, so be sure to send letters and cards for important occasions such as bereavements, and close friends’ and family members’ birthdays.
Bulk-buy stamps, cards and notepaper so you have them to hand and don’t feel you have to say too much. If pushed for time, write them on your commute or at the Post Office counter – or make the kids do it!