How's your week going?
You know that feeling that happens when you meet a friend you haven't seen in a while?
Well… you get a big-old grin on your face and you're just plain happy for hours afterwards.
It's a good thing to do and something I've been more conscious of lately.
This past week I made time to catch up with 2 good friends on separate occasions, Elissa and Kate. We all have businesses we're working on so it was great to catch up, share ideas, brainstorm, heartstorm, and commiserate.
Please make the time. This is not something that passively happens.
Some people call it “networking”. Call it what you will. At the end of the day it shouldn't feel like work. It should be something you enjoy.
That doesn't mean you don't take it seriously. I actually have a spreadsheet where I keep a list of contacts whose friendship is important to me.
Now, I'm not 100% accurate and consistent here, but I do have a weekly reminder in my Google Calendar to devote 30 minutes at the beginning of the week to this specifically.
It doesn't take a lot, just the awareness that this is important enough for you to to have a system in place that ensures you're always reaching out.
Why wouldn't it be?
Like anything else in life, you have to put in the work.
How would your year be different knowing you had spent 52 amazing lunches, dinners, drinks, etc. building relationships with your friends, peers, and colleagues?
I'm guessing some kinda wonderful.
Harry ‘Lean On Me' Duran