#ThriveLife Day 21: Respond Timely

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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“Hey girl! What’s up!”

(Crickets. Crickets. No response.)

(3 hours later):

“Want to meet up later?”

(Crickets. Crickets. No response.)

We’ve all had one of those texts.

You know: Those friends you try to connect with, who simply don’t respond back.

The worst: You see their text message status, marked as “Read,” but for whatever reason, they leave you hanging.

No: “Can I text you later?”

No: “Great to hear from you!”

No: “Sounds great, but I am busy.”


Perhaps you’ve even been that text—the non-responder.

We’ve all been there.

But it sucks to be on the other side.

There are many valid reasons people don’t respond or follow-through—not just to a text, but to an e-mail, an invite or a promise they make to “get back to you” (but then they don’t), including:

  • The noise and clutter of hundreds of messages out there daily (texts, Facebook, Instagram, tweets, e-mails, phone calls)
  • We get lazy
  • We get busy
  • People don’t like doing hard things (Saying “No” or responding can sometimes be tough)

However, when you consider the facts that:

  • 90% of all text messages are read in under 3 minutes. (Connect Mogul)
  • The average Millennial exchanges an average of 67 text messages per day (Business Insider)
  • And, it takes the average person 90 minutes to respond to email, but only 90 seconds to respond to a text message. (CTIA)
  • Americans sent 69,000 texts every second in 2012 (CTIA)
  • Texting is the most widely-used and frequently used app on a smartphone, with 97% of Americans using it at least once a day. (Pew Internet)
  • The average adult spends a total of 23 hours a week texting (USA Today)

…It doesn’t always make sense (why people don’t respond to YOU).

Enter: Your #thrivelife project today:

Respond timely—whatever that means for you.

No, you don’t need to be on your email all day long.

However, when a question, thought or exchange comes up, at the very least, show a little courtesy.

Keep your word, and follow through.

Just today—at least.

Bonus: Productivity Hack

Schedule allotted email checking times for the day—and when it’s not that time, get outta there. During your check-time, respond or delete the inbox messages right away. For reply emails, if the response is going to take longer than 2-3 sentences (at most), shoot them a quick e-mail letting them know you saw it, and put that email in a folder to come back to at another allotted time when you “knock out” email responses. Otherwise, as a general rule of thumb, if the response takes longer than 2-3 sentences, consider a phone chat to prevent the never ending e-mail black hole.


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