If, like me, you want to improve your network, you might find yourself staring at a list of names you want to re-establish contact with, but stuggling to think of something relevant to say to them all.
Rather than write a sequence of impersonal, repetitive mails to them, I found it helpful to split them into manageable 'chunks' (I stick to less than 5 people) and give myself the task of contacting each 'chunk' next time some general event happens, something I can use as the trigger for contacting them.
For example, I have a list of people to contact just before the August holidays (Hi Jim, just off on holiday and it struck me how long it's been since I dropped you a line....).
Then another five to contact just after the holidays (Hi Janet, just back from holiday and I realised I hadn't spoken to you in ages....).
Then another five to contact around the planned opening of a new business venture I'm involved with (Hi Bob, just made a few changes round here and it struck me how long it's been since I dropped you a line....)
I've found this makes the calls and emails so much easier to start, after which I can go into the Ctrl+Shft+K routine so beloved of Mssr's Horstmann and Auzenne (and, yes, so effective)