A site visitor inquires about a topic we all may deal with during the upcoming Holiday season:
Love your site, Judith! How do you recommend that I deal with friends and family that I email and they don’t always respond? I always take the time to respond to those who email me. TIA!
Glad you like my site. 😉 Don’t take the fact that folks don’t reply to your e-mails too personally. Many are only thinking of themselves and the time they have at hand at that moment during the busy Holiday season. Very self-absorbed I know, but that seems to be the reason given most. “I just don’t have time!”
Just as you do, I try to respond to every e-mail that I receive. That said, what I’ve found is that many assume that a response is not warranted unless you ask a specific question.
Maybe in your next communication make a brief comment that you would like to confirm if they did get your last e-mail because you would like to hear back from them. If not, pick up the phone and give them a call! Let them know you are concerned because they didn’t respond and you want to make sure all is well. If it is not worth picking up the phone; I guess we should be too concerned about no reply, right?
And to those who don’t have time — may I suggest you make the time to send a courtesy response to those who e-mail you? By not responding you make them feel ignored and if the shoe were on the other foot, you wouldn’t like it either!
We never should be too busy to take the time to type a few kind words in response to family and friends who take the time to send us e-mail. Make the time, take the time and have more fulfilling relationships!