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This is Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email Message

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?” chatter, no asking about the kids. Just tell me what I need to know, and if you need a response.

You may find this shocking, but 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.

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.

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  1. It’s not just email that is the problem… I have three completely separate email systems, there is then Viber, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Signal, WhatsApp, SMS, IMO, FaceTime… the list goes on. We are over connected.

    Email actually goes bottom of the list. Yes, long emails are a curse but also multi-issue emails. Sometimes people write multi-issue emails, I respond but have missed one of the issues. Single issue emails are best.

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