(Closed) Procrastinating on thank you’s why?

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I wish I could give advise but I can’t get motivated to do this either :-/ Actually I forget, but I think I forget b/c I’m so unmotivated. Sorry, I’m not help.

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

maybe set aside ten mins everyday between work and relaxation so that you can get about ten done. Set goals, that usually help me get motivated 😀

Post # 5
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I have slowly been doing mine while watching my tv shows, a few during my work lunch hour, etc. Just find a few minutes to get a couple done here and there. I just don’t have the time to sit down and crank out 50+ thank yous either.

Post # 6
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s so hard to get started but I promise that once you do, it will be easy to keep going and you’ll be finished before you know it.

Turn on some music, sit down with a glass of wine and your fi and pull up some sample Thank You notes from the internet to get you started.

I was DREADING it but I promise that it’s not that bad!!

Post # 7
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I actually like writing thank you notes. I try to make it fun by getting really cute stationery and adding extra touches. For our engament thank yous, we made them at zazzle.com using a picture from the day my fi proposed, we got stamps with a picture we took of our proposal date written in the sand and a sticker to seal the envelopes with my hand and my new ring. It got me excited to send them out.

I also received a book on writing thank you notes, it inspired me to be more thoughtful in my thank you writing. Mayeb a book will get you motivated. I think it can be fun to let people know how thankful you really are and let them know you really appreciated the gift.

Some of the tips from the books are stating the thank you, then adding what you are going to do with the gift. That part can be a little fun. Sorry, I’m a nerd when it comes to staionery and thank yous!

Here are the thank you’s I had made: http://newportnuptials.blogspot.com/2008/11/thank-you-thank-you-thank-you.html

and some I made for my sister to help her get motivated: http://newportnuptials.blogspot.com/2009/07/shhha-surprise.html



Post # 8
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I did them all at once, why prolong something you can’t stand. One night just designate to do nothing except the notes. They can all be standard just get them done so you don’t have to think about it anymore.

Ex. Dear Jane, It was so good to see you at my shower last weekend, thank you so much for the blender. I will think about your kindness every time I make my new hubby a smoothie. Thanks again love….

Just do them it’s so worth just getting it over with.

Post # 9
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

how about doing things in pieces – address all the envelopes one night, stamps and labels the next. then sign and address all the cards.. last thing would be a one-line note. does that help?

Post # 10
3 posts

I like writing thank you notes because that means I got a present! I started out by addressing all the envelopes first, then writing a few each day before I went to bed. 5 a day is totally managable. It is critcal to send thank you notes! The giver will feel that it was unappreciated and probably won’t send a baby gift when the time comes!

Post # 11
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Ceremony: The Kraine Theatre, Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace

Yes, I definitely got them all out of the way by doing four or five at a time over a couple of days. My motivation was that it was SO nice to have them done and not hanging our my head!

Post # 12
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I totally agree with Miss Star. Just the thought of not having to worry about them later made me do them all right away. And it’s true once you start, you’ll be done before you know it.

Post # 13
2680 posts
Sugar bee

I thought I would get mine done super fast but I havent.  I did do the shower ones pretty fast because I was excited to send them out – I had custom cards made up with my avatar on them. The wedding thank yous are a bit harder, I have so many to write and I feel like Im writing the same thing on each card!  I try and do about 10-20 a day but I dont always because I find something better to do 🙂  Just set aside a night when you get home to do it and get them done!

Post # 14
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I found it easier to sit down and write a whole bunch at once. It gave me a great sense of satisfaction that I got so many written. Others advocate for doing 5 per day, which seems more tedious to me, but to each her own.

drealeah posted a great thank you template, which I am using for my wedding thank yous. See the thread here.

I think Newport Nuptials idea for a book would help me not write the same thing over and over and hopefully trigger more personal things to say.

Other than that, try setting deadlines for yourself. Like, I can’t go out Friday night unless I write 10 thank yous.

Post # 15
3331 posts
Sugar bee

For me, the reason I procrastinated on Thank You notes was…well, they’re not fun to write!  I found that I wasn’t at all motivated to do them, especially for the wedding presents.  I guess because the wedding had already passed, I was just a little burned out.  Also, as much as I love my friends and family (and the gifts they so generously got for us), it’s tedious having to write all those notes out.

I found that  if I sat down and gave myself a specific goal like “I’m going to do 10 Thank You notes before dinner” or “I need to get this family’s note done today”, then I did a better job.  Plus, my husband and I divided them up.  I wrote the notes for my friends/family and he wrote the ones for his–then we signed each others.  This helped keep the workload for each of us down a little.

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