I’m getting pretty good at responding to e-mail

Now there’s something I’ve not ever been able to say with a straight face!

Anyone who knows me knows that it’s not unheard of to have an e-mail note get lost in the swampland called “Paul’s Inbox.”

That was until recently…

When I realized that FOR THE SECOND TIME I had neglected to contact a couple who had asked me to marry them!


After contacting them… asking forgiveness… and buying them Starbucks (that always helps)…

I swore to myself that this would not happen again. So I created a system.

Now my system won’t work for everyone, but it is working for me… so I thought I’d share.

  • I set two alarms on my phone. One for 11:00 a.m. and the other for 2:30 p.m.
  • When the alarm goes off I know it’s time to check and respond to e-mail.
  • I carve out 30 minutes for each segment. Though it is not taking that long, I know I have that time reserved.
  • If, for some reason, I miss the 11:00 then I know I have one more chance that day… 2:30. And if I miss the 2:30, then that response will have to wait until 11:00 the next day!

So far those who are in regular contact with me via e-mail are impressed. Seriously.

I feel great, and I am demonstrating respect to those who reach out to me.

Now, here’s the thing…

this has everything to do with my learning edge right now… it has to do with  quote from John Maxwell:

“You can’t change your life until you change something you do daily.”

I’m finding that the more I pay attention to the details of my daily life, the better my life is becoming!

No joke! Even the lovely and talented Mrs. Peterson said to me the other day, “I see you changing.”

I like that!

So you see, this is so much more than e-mail! It has to do with paying attention to what happens in my day, being proactive, and staying on top of my game.

So here’s to all of us who are working hard to get better as we get older!

Let’s be like wine… not milk! #betterwithage

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