The 50,000 word Email

If you’ve ever had those days when your email inbox constantly dings, you’ll understand the resulting problem.  You now have to answer those emails. But some of them seem to go on for days, and you lose the will to live before getting to the end of the email. Shouldn’t there be email rules? Should we all know and follow those rules so that we can get more work done?


I came across this great article with The 7 Guidelines for Writing Emails that People Actually Want to Read.  And they’re simple, simple rules. I’m going to try to DO more of these in my own correspondence. My favourite?  The Three-Sentence rule…..if you can’t write your email in three sentences, then maybe you need to pick up the phone, or really think about what you’re trying to say. Good advice (although tough).

Do you receive more email than you can manage in a day? Do you have your own ways of dealing with it?



(Photo credit : Alejandro Escamilla)


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