I recommend seeing your inner circle, or the folks you hang out with the most, once a week, or twice a month if you can't do it every week. Keeping in touch accounts for around 80% of the game. I urge that you contact long-distance friends and casual acquaintances at least twice a year. That's time enough to talk about what's going on with each other's lives while also staying abreast of each other's decisions.
If you see your close friends more than once a week, then you should be contacting them at least as often. However, since we all have different schedules this may not be possible. If you can only call your friends once a week, then that's fine too. Just make sure you leave enough time in your day for social networking; even if it's just five minutes here or there it will help you stay connected with your friends.
It's very important to maintain relationships with people who have played an important role in your life. Make sure you take time to talk with your family members and old friends at least once a month by phone or email. This helps ensure that these connections don't become stale over time!
Casual friends can be seen less frequently. For your inner circle, the people you go out with the most, I recommend once a week, or twice a month if you can't do it every week. Staying in touch is 80% of the game. For long-distance friendships and casual acquaintances, I recommend you touch base at least twice a year. If you don't hear from someone regularly, it's normal to wonder what happened to them.
It's very important not to let relationships lapse over time. You never know when you might need one another for something big or small. A lot can happen in five years or more so make sure you stay in touch even if it's only by email or phone message. Even if they don't want to talk to you anymore, at least they'll still remember that you were there for them when they needed you.
Ideally, once a week, if not more frequently. This is sometimes, though rarely, not possible owing to other life situations. If you don't see someone at least once a month, you just aren't pals. It's as simple as that.
In practice, people usually can't be bothered with such strict schedules so they make an effort to see each other at least twice a month. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't but overall, this is the best way for friends to stay in touch.
If you ask me to hang out too often, I'll probably avoid going because I like my free time and I don't want to be forced into doing anything I don't want to do. So, assume that I'm feeling pretty good about myself and my life, and that I can choose when I go out. If I feel like going out every weekend, that's too much for one pair of friends. Maybe I can make it happen once or twice a month instead? That should be enough to keep things interesting!
Of course, there are times when you might want to see your friends more often than recommended. If something important has happened and you need to tell someone, then by all means, send them an email or make a call. But otherwise, let your friendships grow naturally over time rather than forcing them along.
Make frequent contact with them: You must be ready and willing to talk to the individuals you know in order to create any relationship. While "often" may imply various things to different individuals, the main thing is that you contact your network on a regular basis, such as the first of the month, every two weeks, Fridays, and so on. Maintain a continuous presence. This is very important in networking situations because it shows that you are interested in what they have to say.
You should make an effort to stay in touch with your contacts by sending them emails with news about yourself and your work, asking for help when needed, and so on. However, don't overdo it! Some contacts may feel ignored if you send too many messages or even one too many times.
The more contacts you have, the more opportunities you will have to grow your network. If you want to grow your network quickly, start with someone who has few connections and then move on to someone with more friends and colleagues. This way you will expand rapidly without wasting time with people who won't help you reach more people.
Contact information changes hands all the time in today's connected world. If you want to remain relevant, you need to keep up to date on what numbers people use and which email addresses are popular so you can send messages directly to their accounts instead of relying on others to pass on your messages.
It is also important to remember the context in which you contact people.
Genuine, real friends will strive to get together at least once every two weeks. Period.
For best results, have several good friends you can depend on for support when you need it most. It's not necessary that all your friends feel the same way about you, but it does make things easier when they do. Having at least one friend who understands where you're coming from and will always be there for you makes all the difference in the world!
It's very important to keep friendships strong by spending time together even if it's only for a few hours. Make sure you call or email your friends at least once a week, whether they've seen you recently or not. In today's busy world, it's easy to neglect old friends as you focus on new relationships; make sure you don't become one of those people!
Finally, remember that friendships are a give and take situation: you give something to get something back. If you find yourself struggling to come up with something to give some of your friends, try thinking about what they have done for you in return over time. That ought to help you come up with something worthwhile!