We interact with a lot of the same people every day, yet we're always so focused that we often pass them by. Weblog Unclutterer points out that something as simple as learning their names can save you time and money.
Photo by Natalie Maynor.
While our time and money is certainly not the only reason to be friendly, it's funny how such a simple act can make your life easier:
Although learning people's names takes a little bit of time (you must strike up a conversation), I've found that the act has incredible uncluttering benefits overall. Had I not started talking with my butcher, I'd have never known that I can order a quarter of a cow (instead of a whole cow) from a local grass-roaming, organic farm each year and that the butcher will cut up the meat for me exactly how I ask him to, free of additional charge (well, I do give him a nice tip). Buying a quarter of a cow has saved me incredible amounts of money (it's insanely discounted compared to buying separate cuts of meat) and time (I don't have to run to the store). . . . Simply stated, my life runs more smoothly because I've taken the time to learn someone's name and taken a sincere interest in what they do.
Not only are you likely to learn things — practical or not — from the people you deal with each day, it also makes your daily errands seem less like a chore if you have someone to talk to. Hit the link to read more, and you're particularly bad with names, brush up on how to remember and deal with people's names before you get out there.
Uncluttered Benefits of Learning People's Names [Unclutterer]