Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 118 – The Easiest Way To Give Our Time … Ever

A recently unemployed person received a bit of technically-related resume advice. Also, more grassroots fundraising for the Beaverton Education Foundation’s upcoming Staff Appreciation fundraiser.

Crystal Clear app email

We often think that giving our time only means volunteering in the community. What if we feel we’re too busy.

Nonetheless, there is one simple way to give your time, right now.

Respond to emails quickly.

Don’t wait days to respond, or ignore them. Even a simple response like this gives something back.

“Got your email. Not sure if I can help, but I’ll think about it and get back to you if I have some ideas.”

This helps both people.

  • Prevents duplicate messages to you – If the sender thinks the message is lost, they may resend it which wastes time.
  • Lets you respond on your time, but with respect – You can now put a note on your to-do list to respond. You take control while still being respectful of the sender. 
  • Keeps your Inbox small – A backlog of 30 messages is daunting. A backlog of 2 is not.

What about group emails? Does it hurt to respond to the sender and say privately that you appreciate the information and will let them know if you can help? 

It’s a win-win for both sender and receiver. 

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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