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Keeping Your Commitments
Many times in older movies you will see people discussing ideas and making agreements that today would require legal contracts with one hundred signatures. However, with the world of technological communication, our sphere of contacts and agreements has been greatly increased. We no longer talk with only those people within a few miles of our location, but we talk with people around the world.
During all of the fast paced communication, conversations about the agreement or task that needs to be done can be easily forgotten. These conversations aren’t forgotten intentionally, but are usually forgotten because there is another conversation and another agreement or task bidding for one’s time.
There are few steps you can take to help keep yourself (and others too) from forgetting the agreements that were made and the tasks that need to be done. The first step is to make a list of what you need to do. Don’t wait until the end of the day to make a ‘to do’ list. Keep a sheet of paper with you and write down what you need to do as you agree to do it.
Talking in person or over the phone can convey to a person the true emotions in a situation and it is a great form of communication. However, to remind yourself and the other persons of the conversation and any decisions that were made or tasks that need to be completed, you should follow up with a written form of communication. Email works best, but a letter can be sent as well.
Keeping a record of all projects or documents sent from you to another person can help keep you out of hot water if another person claims he or she did not receive a document. You can resend the document and if you keep good records, you can inform the person when he should have received it previously.
Computers can help greatly by keeping all of your documents saved electronically. If you use a computer for saving documents, ensure you create an organizational system for your files for easy access.
Here's hoping that following these simple tips will enable you effectively fulfill your commitments. No one should use this fast paced world as an excuse for not keeping promises made.