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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping up with friends

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

It can be hard to keep up with friends and what's going on with them, especially if they live far away or you don't see them often. This week's tip, shared by liffer, suggests keeping track of what's going on with your friends, so you can stay in touch with each other in the most caring way!

I'd like to be the friend who remembers everything about her friends and asks the correct questions the right time, but it is a hard job for the brain to keep track of and remember it all.

So in a true GTD-way of organizing my thoughts and concerns I write down also stuff like "send message to X and ask about how that health check went" and other important things into RTM.

More detailed: say I'm talking to a friend and he/she tells me about something important in her life, like "next wednesday I'll found out if I got that job I applied for!" or "in two days I'll get the results from the health check" and so on. I then immediately write it down briefly in my rtm-inbox. The tasks looks like "friendxx new job wednesday" as I mostly don't have time to write it down properly.

In the evening I empty my inbox and I change these tasks to better sentences "Call friendX and ask if she got that new job on companyY" and set the due date to the date I need to make the call.

I also set the task into a context (@call, @computer, @work for example) and I also use the sleep tags discussed in other topics here. I then use Smart Lists as my daily to do lists and I don't have to see these tasks until I can do something about them.

Thanks for sharing this tip, liffer! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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