A Daily Habit to Light up Your Social Network

Source: Gerd Altmann, Pixabay.com

Benefits from Relationships

First, a few caveats.

The Family Vacation and Friendships

Every year my family travels across the country to visit our extended family that lives on the other side of the United States. We typically spend most of our time in Utah where my wife grew up, and where I went to school. Despite the fact that we each have many friends living there, we very rarely take time to connect with many of them.

Lighting up the Network Map

Source: Gerd Altmann, Pixabay.com

2-Minute, 2-Week Challenge

Here’s the challenge for the next 2 weeks: Take 2 minutes each day and reach out to a friend, colleague, or extended family member that you haven’t reached out to in a while. Send them an appreciative note by email, text, or social media. Bonus points if you set up a call or videoconference.

Pro Tip #1

As a first pro tip, if you use social media to reach out, intentionally schedule the time each day you’ll check your social media account. You want to avoid getting sucked into the social media vortex and create a bad habit out of a good one. If you schedule your outreach time, you’ll make the best use of your time.

Pro Tip #2

Second, if you have a quiet time in the morning or evening, use that time to let yourself think about who would really benefit from you reaching out and saying hello.

The Benefits

Perhaps this whole networking comes across as a bit mercenary. It’s definitely come across that way to me in the past — especially in a business context. The concept of “see how many people you can network with to exploit their time, money, and talents” definitely doesn’t seem like the basis for long-term relationship success.

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Adam Washburn

Adam Washburn

PhD Chemist, father of six kids, and local bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.