Lately, I’ve had friends ask me for advice about, well, most anything. Business, public relations, parenting, you name it. This might be where the comment in my tagline ’seasoned,’ comes into play. In many instances, I really have ‘been there, done that.’
I blog to share. I will try to share a tip each Tuesday, thus, the headline #TuesdayTip. If you know me, you know these will be random. Regular visitors to my site will know I have participated in #TuesdayTunes. Not to mention the Tuesdays when a post has not been written. This will continue.
Today’s #TuesdayTip can be used both in your professional and personal life.
Do you have an ego file? Have you heard of this practice?
I wish I could attribute who suggested it to me, many years ago, but I can’t. If you were the one who counseled me to do this, please let me know. I have found it an excellent idea. I have kept an ego file for, gulp, maybe three decades. Simply put, it is a folder where I keep thank you notes, emails, personal cards, copies of an award - anything where a person has shared a note of appreciation for something I’ve done, said or helped them with along the way. Not simply to pump my ego, but I can’t deny there are those days I’ve felt everything I’ve touched turns to poo, looking through my ego file can reaffirm I have made a difference to some people.
You might want to look through your ego file when a mean/grumpy boss or colleague has made you feel anything but worthy. By the way, I just watched the movie Horrible Bosses. Inspiration comes in many forms.
In addition, I’ve found items stored in my ego file have been good for gaining a new client, scoring a spot on a board of directors or landing a job. It really is a testimonial. One you have not sought out. In my opinion, the best kind.
Which leads me to suggest the importance sending of thank you notes, cards, correspondence. If you think it, send it. I think it really matters. If you don’t, why not rethink it?
You may choose to make your ego file electronic. You can scan cards and notes and save them digitally. There are some things I prefer to keep in a more tangible manner so I’ll keep mine in the manila folder in my file cabinet. Honestly, I’m blessed. I have more than one ego file. The first one got so full I couldn’t contain it to just one manila folder.
If you have an ego file, what is your favorite thing inside? I think mine might be the notes and cards from interns I’ve helped who are doing quite well today.
Do you think this practice might be helpful? Will you have your own ego file by the end of this week?