We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference. Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.
Recently, I was feeling very unmotivated. I’d committed to too many things and I was feeling the pressure. And then a wonderful student came in with just what I needed. A heartfelt thank you card. It’s been weeks and I still have the card on my desk. In fact, I save most of the thank you cards I receive. Why? Because these meaningful notes remind me that what I’m doing makes a difference and re-energizes me to keep going.
I’m encouraging you to spend your time today to write a thank you note for someone in your life. And here is the strategy to get it done in 15 minutes.
Find the right card.
I like unique cards that are blank inside because they can be used for multiple occasions. Save time and money–buy these in bulk. I also really like homemade cards. When my kids send thank yous for gifts, I give them a blank piece of paper and they draw a special message for their card. (yes, some are ridiculous–but isn’t that what makes them great?) I’ve seen these cards displayed or saved in friends and family homes, because it’s a personal card that has meaning for the recipient. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy, just heartfelt and sincere.
Write a great message.
You’re not going for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address or Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. Sure, it can be great, but you don’t need to spend more than 15 minutes to make it happen. Here is a basic strategy that works every time:
“Dear (name here),
Thank you for (whatever they did or are doing). I appreciate (what they’re doing) because (why you appreciate it) or You’ve made a difference because (why it matters what they’re doing). You are (awesome, great, helpful)!
Keep up the good work! (or something to motivate them to keep up the good work)
A heartfelt note is certainly more than enough to make someone’s day. But guess what else works too, presents. Especially good presents. Gift cards are a Wow! addition, but homemade cookies or treats will most certainly do the trick. Think about the level of “Thanks” needed and provide extras appropriately. And save yourself time; keep your gifts organized in advance, so you can just grab one and go.