For over three years, I have been hard at work on my second book. And, at long last, Comfort Food: Amazing Friends and the Everyday Stories that Happen Around Food is in its final edit. Look for it in December of this year.
But notwithstanding my busyness, I kept in touch with friends. Years ago, I remembered reading a book called The One Minute Manager. Well, by golly, I thought about making one-minute connections to stay in touch with people and reach out.
Check it out:
There must be hundreds of ways, but here are some of mine that keeps things in under a minute.
- Smile and acknowledge a stranger. Sometimes that’s all a person needs to make their day.
- Send a “Good morning” text or email and link a favorite song to it. Music makes everything seem better!
- Promote a community activity either by word of mouth or social media. It feels to support those who support the community.
- Pay for the coffee or morning pastry for the person in line behind you. Giving to others in even a small way is a great way to start the day.
- Hold the door open for the person behind you. This practice is less common than you think. Trust me – I’ve seen it!
I enjoy looking for ways to connect with friends. Reaching out doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of my day. I practice one-minute connections, discovered that I can take care of my responsibilities and still stay connected to my buddies. Try it and let me know what happens. Have fun!
October 7, 2019