Make a list of people who you feel happy with, or motivated, or inspired. Keep them close.
Make a list of people who bring you down, who add no value to your life, who probably just your waste your time. Keep away from them if you can. ( I read about this idea on a blog somewhere which I am not able to find now…)
And I also learnt about using tools to keep your network in touch from my mentor of mine.
So this is what I have been doing (for the last year or so)
- I have a google spreadsheet in which I have a single list of people who motivate me, make me happy, inspire me. (Its about 80 people right now)
- Against each name I have a date when I last met / talked to him or her.
- And there is a third column – status. If the date of the last conversation has passed more than 6 months – the status turns red. If its between 3 and 6 months it turns yellow and if its less than 3 months – it shows up in green. (you can easily setup a conditional format to do this coloring)
Now all I need to do is to open this sheet once every week or two and make a few phone calls / meet my friends (who are in red / yellow status). I can open it my iPad / phone given that its on Google drive
This way I keep my motivation high and keep in touch with my motivators. I am not perfect at this, but I try my best 🙂
Do share your thoughts.