Email is not a replacement for a conversation.
Any attempt to use email as a “shorter” conversation will end up creating more email.
Yes, even a phone call can cure endless emails back and forth.
We’ve all seen many types of email from what looks like a snail mail letter to incoherent and misspelled phrases.
There are many programs that claim to manage email but the real secret is how it is used.
- Do not ask any questions that you are not prepared to have to answer.
- Ask what would happen if you called that person or didn’t send the email.
- If you must email, start off with the main point and stick to it.
- Email (like texting and social media) is addictive even when we say we see it as a burden. Putting it off or having email assigned automatically to predetermined files may not help.
- See email as a tool, the way texting is a tool.
I am an Apple Watch user and handling email on it is better in my opinion than on a phone or laptop. The watch lets you dictate a response and even for a long-winded radio/TV guy like me, it’s amazing how quickly you can get to the point and move on to the present.
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