In the digital era, it seems like an app or product exists for every business task ranging from taking notes to setting reminders to networking. While technology certainly brings numerous efficiency and productivity benefits, a recent Fast Company article argued that there is value in retaining some traditional practices.
Drawing on interviews with CEOs from a variety of industries and backgrounds, the piece offered tips for executives to embrace “traditional” work habits, among them:
- Plan your day—by hand: At the end of the day or first thing in the morning, consider going through your calendar and outlining where your free blocks of time exist. From there, write down key goals or deliverables you plan to work on within those time frames. It’s easy to get sidetracked by your inbox or requests from colleagues or managers, so having a list of what you’d like to accomplish can help keep your day on track.
- Pick up the phone: Email, Slack, and other digital communication channels are great for quick correspondences, but an actual conversation is often preferable, particularly for communicating about complex issues or when there is the potential for miscommunication.
- Break out the business cards: If you work in a creative industry in particular, there is still value in the physical business card. Executives interviewed for the Fast Company piece believe a unique, memorable card can be a great conversation starter at networking events and also provide prospective customers and partners with a tangible reminder of your company.
- Write thank-you cards: It’s customary to shoot off a quick email thanking a prospect for taking the time to hear your pitch. But in a world where people are continuously inundated with digital communication, expressing this sentiment in a hand-written note might just be what it takes to make your company stand out.
For more on how these and other old-school work habits have helped CEOs drive productivity and build deeper business connections, you can read the Fast Company piece in its entirety here.