Everyday Inspirations

Stuck trying to find a decent topic, I asked my boyfriend what I should focus on for this week's etiquette tip. He immediately said, "What about driving?" That's actually not a bad idea, I mused. I mean, here we are, closing out another Sunday, preparing to head out to work in the morning. Mondays are bad enough as they are. Let's not let the morning commute make them worse.

Driving is a very, very, VERY broad topic, so for tonight I will focus on one simple aspect -- being the nice driver on the road.This is coming from a driver who commutes in Utah, where people are not really known for being peaceful drivers, which is quite sad. What is it about being behind the wheel that makes people think they're invincible? I've seen drivers do incredibly DUMB things. And why? To save five seconds? To (barely) make it through a light? It's just... stupid.

So my challenge for you is simple: be the nice driver. Do you see someone who wants to merge, even if he is a little late? Slow down and let him over. Someone taking forever to get out of the intersection? Don't honk. Is there a woman trying to enter the busy line of traffic? Slow down and let her in with a little wave.

I believe that if we all do at least one simple thing behind the wheel tomorrow morning, we'll make major differences to our days. You'll be amazed by how much more calm you are when you aren't focused on being the fastest or the first. Truly, it isn't worth it to you or anyone else is on the road. Let's all try it together: at least one nice thing during our morning commute. Tomorrow, we'll commit to save our sanity by not playing silly driving games.
In this fast-paced world, we often send out emails in a hurry without taking the time to make them effective. Here are my top three tips for sending effective emails, whether for personal or professional use.

1. Proof read
No need to spend all day editing, but it's always good to take a quick read-over before you hit send. Don't let your message lose credibility or be misunderstood because of typos or weird sentence structure.

2. Share your main point first
There's nothing more annoying than an email where you have to read through a paragraph or more to find out what the purpose is. If your item needs further explanation, you can elaborate afterward. Is your main point an action item? Make sure to put your request and deadline right at the top.

3. Keep it simple
Don't blab for paragraphs about stuff that isn't relevant. Sometimes those huge emails are so overwhelming that people don't read what you have to say. If you have a lot to say, make sure you aren't repeating yourself and that you are saying it in the shortest, simplest way.