I didn’t answer your email because it was too long. That’s the bottom line. One of the most important keys to using email effectively is to make them short and sweet. I’ve got about 45 emails in my inbox right now, and I simply don’t have time to read through a multi-page report with each one. The reason I actually like email is that it lets you go straight to the point. No small talk, no “How’s the weather?” no aimless chatter like asking about the kids. Just tell me what I need to know – short and sweet – and if you need me to get back.
You may find this shocking, but instead of plowing through your novel-length email, I’d actually rather be working on my next book, reading a real novel, working with our clients, or spending time with my family.
And by the way – for you email-obsessed folks out there – if you’re spending most of your day responding to emails, then you’re actually spending most of your day responding to other people’s priorities.
Think about that for a minute.
So if you have to send an email, keep it short and to the point. Better yet, turn it off occasionally, and start working on your priorities.