Career · Inspiration

Energize Your Routine This May – Part 1 – Cut Your Excuses

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After a long winter, it seems like the perfect time to get that productive energy pumping again – and what better way to start than with a five-art mini-series devoted to bringing the productivity back into your routine?

Prepare yourself for a little May-inspiration…

Inspir-MAY-tion.

Oh, yuck – I’ll cut the terrible puns/slogans/nonsense out and get right to business!

To get things rolling, I want to share my best productivity tool with you. It’s unbelievably simple and helpful in nearly every aspect of your life. Honestly, if you can master this, then you’ll be ready to take on the world.

What is it?

FOLLOWING UP.

Uggghhhh. I know – this is one of the most awkward things to do, especially for those over-thinkers among us (myself included), but following up will make every difference in your life. Whether it’s following a job application, after you’ve submit a project to a co-worker, or even after sending an unanswered text message to a friend – following up is the best way to get an answer and put your mind at ease.

And it’s also mildly terrifying.

 

But if you’re cursing a missed opportunity, ask yourself:

Did I ensure that my message was seen?

Does the recipient know that I’m awaiting their reply?

Did I make every effort to succeed?

If you answered no to one of these questions, then a follow-up message might be just the thing to get your request to the top of the pile.

 

Here’s what you need to keep in mind when following up: you’re not the centre of the universe (sorry – blunt and true ;) ). People forget – they fail to prioritize – or they miss your email in a sea of others. Simply, the idea that another person has somehow managed to prioritize sending a reply is absurd, especially when you consider how many unanswered messages you yourself have littering your inbox. So send a kind reminder and word it as such:

Hi Ms. Future-Employer – I just wanted to follow up regarding the application which I submit last week. I look forward to further discussing my qualifications for employment with you. Please contact me at…

Hi there Bestie – I hope that things are going well. Just to follow-up about the details for …|

Hi Coworker – Have you had a chance to review the such-and-such report I sent you last week? Please see below and kindly return your comments before Friday. Thanks!

That wasn’t so hard!

I find that a short, sweet email generally receives a response. Or the individual will return their regrets and you can follow-up with a polite acknowledgement. Either way, you now have your answer.

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