For me, the challenge isn’t rooted in the actual writing of the note, card or letter, but rather it is rooted in lack of preparedness when it comes to having an up-to-date calendar of important dates (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) and stamps and stationary on-hand. As I approach the age of 30, I have begun to think I should start doing something about this bad-habit before another year of birthdays, anniversaries and card-worthy events passes by.
To get things started, I have pulled together a short checklist of things to do and keep-on hand to make it easier to get those cards written and in the mail.
Create and maintain a calendar that includes important dates (birthdays, graduations)
If you are a Gmail user, I highly recommend using Google Calendar!
Buy stamps and have them on-hand.
I’d like to blame my lack of available postage on paperless billing, but alas, that isn’t an excuse for not having a single stamp to my name.
Purchase some all-purpose stationary or note cards.
Useful for those times when you want to send a friend or family member a note just because. They also do the trick when you don’t have time to pick up a more personalized card.
Get yourself some return labels.
After having purchased return labels to use on my sister’s bridal shower invitations I found that they not only save you tons of time but they are incredibly inexpensive (just $10 for 200 at Staples).
If you aren’t already, start noting down the addresses of friends and family members.
I don’t know about you, but I frequently am asking for addresses over and over again. It’s time I start keeping track in Google Contacts!
Are there any checklist items I have left off? If so, please share in the comments. 🙂