It’s estimated that 28% of our time is spent on email.
And we’re struggling!
Most of us are on email overwhelm and need all the help we can to get off it.
But…we’re making our own lives difficult
We read email poorly
We miss things.
We make assumptions.
We can’t handle more than a couple of points – max!
Let’s do ourselves a favour
Actually, two favours.
1. Write emails with the understanding that email is not very human-friendly, so:
- Aim for one main point per email
- If sending a list of tasks or questions, use bullet points or numbers to simplify reading and responding
- Have defined actions
- Have defined timeframes
- Be concise
- Use an attachment when it’s necessary to provide more in-depth detail
2. Take time to read email.
This is SO crucial!
If we don’t take our time reading email, we are setting ourselves up to waste a lot more time in future unravelling the mish-mash of misunderstanding we’ve unwittingly built up.
“More haste less speed”
That old saying could have been written for this new phenomenon.
Don’t blame the email – change the way you deal with it.
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