I cleaned out my desk this week and found a stack of cards I’ve received over the past 5 years. There were birthday cards, bosses day cards, formal thank you notes from program or project work and my favorite, the unexpected “thinking of you” note.

It warmed my heart to read these cards. It also made me feel really guilty because I am not a big handwritten card person.

After I sorted through the cards – saving a small stack that I’ll pull out on a day I need a boost of motivation – I set a goal to write more handwritten notes of gratitude. This article from Entrepreneur cites the business benefits of a handwritten note, including:

  • You show you care
  • You advance your customer relations
  • You create a keepsake
  • You set yourself apart
  • You use more of your senses
  • You have to focus
  • You reinforce tradition

I invite you to join me in this challenge. Here are a few starting points to get us going:

  • Above and beyond: If someone is going above and beyond what is expected, tell them in writing.
  • Referrals: If you get client referrals as part of your work, send a handwritten thank you to the people who provide referrals in the future.
  • Mid-day surprise: Put a note in your spouse, roommate, or child’s lunch box or work bag to surprise them during their day.
  • Rolodex round-up: Look through your address book or Christmas card mailing list and pick someone you would like to check-in with and send them a note.
  • Let the card find you: Walk through the greeting card aisle of the grocery store and see what card jumps out at you for someone in your life.
  • Digital alternative: Instead of spending those spare 5 minutes on your phone, pull out a notebook and write a short letter in that time instead.

I’ll keep this short so we can all get to our writing!

Are you an avid card sender or note writer? What are your tips for keeping up this habit? Reach out to me at natalie@smalltownleadership.com to share your tips with other readers.

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Small Town Leadership Founder; Natalie believes everything she needed to know to succeed in her career she learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. As a Certified Professional Coach and award-winning public speaker, she helps her clients and audiences make wherever they are feel like a small town. She lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Rob, a professor at Ohio State and two little girls.

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