Are you good at keeping up with everyone's birthdays? Do you still birthday cards or do you rely on email and Facebook to wish your friends Happy Birthday? For that matter, do you rely on Facebook to remind you it's their big day?
Every year, I decide that I'm going to do a better job at keeping up with birthdays and sending everyone a card for their birthday. I do well for the first month or so and then things get busy and I get behind...and I rely on Facebook or my cellphone to tell me it's someone's birthday. Then with one simple sentence and klick of the mouse I've wished them happy birthday. But let's get real...how excited are you when you actually get a physical piece of mail that is NOT a bill or junk mail. It's actually someone wishing you Happy Birthday! You know it's you...I'm the same way.
This week, I thought I would share something I learned some twenty odd years ago from a good friend. I still use the same premise today, I'm just not as good at it.
1. Keep a stack of birthday cards in my desk drawer. They can be blank notecards, folded notecards or cute ones that you find at the local drugstore or card shop.
2. Pull out your calendar one month ahead of time and make a list of all the next month's birthdays. You can also do this bimonthly, quarterly, every six months, etc.
3. Address envelopes for each birthday and put the date of the birthday where the stamp goes.
4. Keep them in order in file box or in a calendar by week.
5. Mail them out one week in advance to insure that they get there on time.
You can follow this same premise for anniversary cards, valentines and Christmas cards.
Remember, it's always fun to get snail mail!