Few people write thank-you notes these days, and fewer still give a verbal thank-you or even an acknowledgment. Nevertheless, we owe people that much if they do anything at all for us. It's part of a skill-set called, "good manners." What are manners, anyway? Simply, using good manners shows consideration for other people.
Those people who would like to write a thank you note are often at a loss as to what to say, so let me help you out. Think about what is in your heart and let that spill out. It doesn't have to be long.
Here's a basic format:
Now...you write a thank-you because you are grateful for something, but there are benefits for you as well. First, you will have made someone else feel special, and they will think well of you. Secondly, you will have followed the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) Third, you set a good example. Fourth, if you like to do crafts such as rubber stamping or painting, you can apply those skills to the making of "Thank You" cards. Lastly, for your children, it teaches them all those things, plus it is good handwriting practice.
Writing isn't only about writing essays. It's about communicating! So now...go teach this to your children.
Time management has always been a big deal to me. I want to squeeze every last drop out of life and I want to GET THINGS DONE! At the brink of this new school year, I hope this article offers something helpful for you. One thing I would add, though, is to write your daily list down on a sticky note. If it doesn't fit, what makes you think you could get it all done in one one day. This has helped me tremendously to focus on 3 or 4 main things for the day. I have set myself up for success because I usually can get those important things done. It's manageable. It's being realistic.
Where do all of my other tasks go? On a longer, running list of 'to do's and that is where I pull my daily "to dos" from.
Where will you find me when I am not teaching?
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