I don’t mean writing notes to yourself, or writing as in “writing a blog post” like I’m doing right now. The thing about writing is that we do so little of it these days. A lot of people that I’ve spoken to recently can’t remember how to write in cursive. They’re so used to typing and building diagrams in Excel that the idea of using a pencil or a pen for anything other than a technology-banned exam seems simply inefficient.
That’s why I still like to write (with a pencil or a pen).
There’s just something so much more personal about getting a handwritten note. It means that somebody put the time and effort into it, as opposed to simply sending an email or a text. It’s like “here, I love you and I made time for you!” So if I’ve ever given you a handwritten note, I love you and I made time for you!
However, as with anything, there are exceptions…
Exceptions to the Rule:
1. Urgent matters.
We have evolved past snail mail for tasks that have a deadline.
2. Anything that costs more than $3 to mail.
3. Thank you notes for job interviews.
Your note will be late compared to everybody else’s email. Also, the norm is to send an email.
4. Anything to somebody who doesn’t like you.
That’s just awkward.
Who are you writing to?
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