Mini Check-ins

In some ways, I’m really great at connecting and staying connected with people.  In other ways, I can easily let time slip too long between reconnecting with someone.  I find my most common patterns for this are when

  • I rely too much on events to connect
  • I’m currently overwhelmed with priorities and work
  • Time just simply gets away from me
  • I assume they will reach out if they need something
  • I don’t have enough time to connect, so I don’t bother

The last one is the one that I want to break first.  I get it into my head that in order to connect, long genuine discussions are necessary.  Yet, I know that’s not always true.  Sometimes a simply mini-check in is all the person needs to know someone is thinking of them.  As a result, I’ve conducted a little experiment this week with the following mini-checkin types:

  • Messaged someone with  a simple “Hi – just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you.  Hope all is well.”
  • Messaged someone that I know is struggling with a corny joke
  • Messaged someone to ask how things are going?
  • Messaged someone with “sending love and energy your way”
  • Sent someone a photo or quick video
  • Sent someone best part of day and asked for theirs

None of these are grand new ideas.  What they helped me realize is that I don’t need an hour to connect.  That just letting someone know you are there and proactively checking in matters.  And I felt a little more connected myself as a result!

How do you do mini-checkins?


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