1. Larry

    One thing that helps out a lot is our “write on calendar ” on the wall in our kitchen . Not only is the calendar represented by a great company
    (Mohawk Inc) but is visible and in our view 24/7. If someone should call and ask if we can watch grandkids pick up grandkids on a certain day, all we do is look and if it’s clear and nothing is written on it then we write it on the calendar and we check it every day all the time . 9 out of 10 times we can run off this calendar and schedule whatever is necessary .
    Also, we never erase so we can always look back and say yes we did this that day or no we didn’t and it’s a great help for past reference as well.
    Still need to take the time to make the time but this is one thing that helps us keep the times we schedule.

    • Good point. We each have our mobile device calendars, but having the written year-at-a-glance is a lifesaver.

      You do a better job than most people I know of staying in touch with lots of people, even if it’s simply messaging. Any tips to share on how you manage that?

  2. Liz Gwynn

    I love this! It’s a great idea to actually schedule something. I often don’t follow through when it’s just left as a good intention. We just Skyped with Seth this past weekend, but we hadn’t talked with him since shortly after Eloise was born! That’s crazy! And we casually talked about when we could do it again, but I’m going to text him and schedule another one.
    Thanks for doing your blog post on this. I’ll have to check back to see more suggestions!
    Love you!

  3. Cindy

    I know you influenced Mark because after he read this he sat down and emailed his aunt and cousin that he rarely talks to. Like you said, making an effort is key. And once you do you’re always glad you did!

    • That makes my heart happy. I’m glad if I could help people connect in some small way. I love that we have our monthly dinner and annual girls trip. And then there’s texting! 🙂 Do you have any tips for staying in touch? You seem to do such a good job of it.

  4. Connie Devivic Nokes

    I sometimes send little “I love you” or “I’m thinking of you” texts. A friend of mine shared that when far from those he loves, quickly sharing little things during the day allows for frequent interaction, and so he never feels a need to “catch up.”

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