I'm dreadful at responding to phone calls, text messages, emails, etc. from people. You'd assume I'd be right on top of things because having a cluttered inbox makes me anxious and I've bullied my staff into responding to emails ASAP.
But in my personal life, the graveyard of unanswered messages is my biggest shame. Not because I don't want to respond. Often times, I'll read something and then forget to write back. Or, I'll tell myself I'll "get to it later," but then get distracted by something else so incredibly mundane, you'd wonder how I'm able to put my shoes on the correct feet every morning (except for this morning, when I put on one snow boot and started pulling on a regular boot on the other foot -- oops).
You're probably thinking, "Geez, why don't you STOP BLOGGING and write everyone back," and you're probably right that I could be spending my time more wisely. I think, when it comes to answering all of the people I've now unfortunately neglected because I'm a dummy, I want to make sure I set aside the right amount of time to be thoughtful with my responses to them. I want to make sure I have something witty or heartfelt to write. I want to do more than send three sentences and a smiley face emoji, like I'd been doing for the past six months because I haven't yet figured out what "work/life balance" means.
Also, even though I didn't really make 2016 resolutions, one of the things I've been trying to do in my life lately has been to admit when I'm wrong or bad at something and not make excuses for it. Just...acknowledge, apologize, and find a way to fix it.
Anyways. I have a communication problem. I'll be better, I promise.