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The How-To Lounge: Staying Connected

With busy schedules, demanding jobs, families, friends and hobbies, it's no wonder so many people have a hard time keeping in touch with their friends and family members. To learn some tips to help keep you feeling connected,

  • Since we live in the technology age, take advantage of e-mail and instant messaging. At the end of a long day, catching up on the phone can be a looming task, especially if you have been on the phone all day at work, so opt for sending an e-mail instead, but don't abolish phone calls altogether
  • Set weekly phone dates with out of town friends/family. The longer you go in-between conversations, the harder it is to get back on track, so aim for frequent yet short conversations so they aren't so daunting
  • Organize a girls' night, or a standing dinner date with your group of friends. The girls from Sex and the City
    did a great job re-connecting during their weekly brunches, it gave them something to look forward to, a time to swap stories and tell secrets. My weekly girls' nights are always the highlight of my week!
  • On-line communities such as MySpace or FaceBook are geared more towards the younger generation, but they do provide an easy way to stay connected with old and new friends. You might even be surprised who you can find from your past on these networks
  • Blogging is another great and easy way to chronicle your life. Posting personal journal entries and adding images or videos can make it easy for your loved ones to keep track of your day to day activities
  • A friend of mine who recently had a baby sends out Ofoto links so she can share her pictures with her friends and family members - a good way to show why her hands are so full!

Although everyone is busy, it is still extremely important to make time to stay in touch with the people you love. If any of you have other tips to share, please do so in the comments below.


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Nessyliz Nessyliz 9 years
My whole family (mom, dad, sisters, cousins, aunt, etc.) are on Myspace, and it has really connected me with them. (Most of them are in Tennessee but I'm in Milwaukee.) I have also reconnected with a lot of old high school friends that way. So I will never be one of those people who makes fun of networking sites. Myspace has really made a difference in my family life and friendships, because I absolutely HATE talking on the phone!
calibabi calibabi 9 years
my problem is that i'm always trying to stay in touch with my friends, but they just don't make an effort to stay in touch with me! i will send individual emails out at least once a month to my group of friends, and even try to organize parties or reunions or get-togethers. but i rarely get responses. i don't get too discouraged though...i just keep dropping them notes to tell them i love them and miss them, and hope someday i will hear back!
blackjade blackjade 9 years
All of my pregnant and new-mom friends have blogs where they post pictures and updated on the new baby or the nursery or just day-to-day stuff. It's great! I have a once-a-month brunch at my apartment for all girls. Usually on Sunday while my husband is off playing basketball w/ the boys :) It's a great time to be able to connect without shouting over a DJ or fending of club guys - not to say that isn't fun too!
LuckyGrl-83 LuckyGrl-83 9 years
I've officially been a member of the full-time employee bracket for a little over 6 months and have now come to realize how valuable my commute time can be!! :) I've made it a routine to touch base with a least one friend per day on my way home from work (about 45 min in my car alone). It's a great time to chat away and catch up!! (I use a bluetooth headset, of course!) :woohoo:
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