Sometimes staying in touch with people can be quite challenging especially if you have a hectic work schedule and a long list of things to do. You may easily get stressed out about losing touch with friends who lives abroad or far away, or it may simply because you and your friend both have hectic schedules. However, this should not be an excuse to not keep in touch with each other especially with the age of technology now. Don’t forget that there is a lot of personality in going old school by writing letters, visiting each other and planning trips. Here are some steps that we have compiled to stay connected with the people you care about.

Strike Up a Message Thread

One of the best ways to keep in touch is to start a message thread on your phone or through any messenger service available to both you and your friend. Moreover, you can also start this thread with a group of people if you want to keep in touch and make the conversations long lasting and have everyone join in. This is also a great way to plan out outings and trips together so that everyone can get together in the planning process in the ease of a message thread. Video calls or live web chat are also usually compatible with these messenger applications online.

Schedule Weekly or Monthly Emails

You may find it useful to schedule monthly or weekly emails to each other to keep each other updated on your lives. The best way to do this is to put reminders in your calendar in your phone. Having an alert to remind you will get you in the habit of sending an email and keep in touch. Another step is to star or flag certain mails in your inbox to remind yourself to reply or respond to them.

Using Social Media

It goes without saying that using social media is one of the most common ways to stay connected with your close friends especially ones abroad. There are various social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to get in touch with long lost friends. Each platform usually provides private messaging so you can send them personal messages, photos or videos instead of doing it all publicly.

Birthday Reminders

A birthday is a very good reason to check up with people especially ones you have not spoken to in a while. Put reminders on your phone or computer so that you can wish them on their special day as well as use it as an opportunity to say hi! Social media platforms such as Facebook send out birthday notifications too.

Write a Letter

Of course, nothing like the old school way of keeping in touch if you really want to add some unique touch and make things personalized as well as special. Write a thoughtful letter and this is a great gesture to stay in touch in a meaningful way. Drop in a printed photo or two to add to the special gesture.

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