Now that we’re nearly a month in to the new year, I wanted to share my top 10 etiquette goals for 2018. As cliché as it may sound, the new year is a perfect time to hit the re-set button, and really focus on how to be the best version of yourself. While many new year’s resolutions often fall to the wayside by spring break, and by summer are a distant memory, consider making 2018 different. Consider goals that have meaning in your life, as well as ones that you want to work towards. I encourage you to find a quiet place to sit, and with pen and paper in hand, try jotting down a few goals. There is something about writing down your goals – in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of hand writing everything 🙂 – that makes them feel concrete, and will make you feel accountable.
And so, here are the top 10 etiquette goals for 2018, and I hope these offer you some inspiration!
Be Present: Calls, emails, texts, social media – they can all wait. Put your phone away when you’re with family and friends, and enjoy the moment. Be present!
Write Thank You Notes: There might be are a million reasons why you don’t have time to write a thank you note – life is busy! – however I think we can all find five minutes to show a little gratitude. I promise it will mean the world to the recipient.
Practice Good Table Manners: It’s always a good idea to brush up on table manners, and table settings. That way you’re prepared and confident the next time you dine out with family and friends or entertain.
RSVP ASAP: Try to RSVP the day you receive the invitation. The hostess will really appreciate your quick response, and you can instantly check it off your to-do list. Done and done!
Golden Rule: Treat people the way you want to be treated, be it opening a door for someone when grabbing coffee, or giving a compliment to a friend. Small acts of kindness go a long way!
Trash the Trash Talk: Talking poorly about other people creates negative energy and what does it really accomplish? Nada! Your mama said it and I’ll say it again, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.
Listen and Question: Did you know a great way to get to know someone or strengthen your current relationships is to listen? Listen, listen listen, because true wisdom is listening more than you talk. (I need to practice this!)
Dress for Success: Treat yourself to a couple new outfits. New clothes will make you feel confident and proud of the way you look, and that confidence will shine through. And chic new clothes don’t have to be expensive, buy within your budget!
Be Punctual: Punctuality is a sign of respect, so aim to be on time. Life happens and if you are running late, out of courtesy, call or text the person you’re meeting to let them know you’ll be tardy.
Give a Gift: Be it a hostess gift, thoughtful birthday gift, or gift for no reason, treat loved ones to something special. It will make their day!