I have a love-hate relationship with email. It comes down to most emails are annoying. And yet they keep on coming and we keep on sending. What’s going on?
1. Important Information Gets Lost
How many email accounts do you have? After a quick look, it seems that I have at least five. Yes five! My work account; a client account; the personal account; my old account; and another client account. Really. And even if I know which inbox is which, there really is no priority system. Sure, some are starred but those are not my stars. So how do I make sure don’t miss the important stuff like a deadline or work issue? The result is it’s a constant balancing act. While there are plenty of tools to help you clean out your inbox, no tool still exists to make sure I see what I need to see.
2. Emails are a Time Suck
We all know annoying things suck your time. If in need of a refresher read this blog on why together everyone annoys me. You know how it works, the more email you send out, the more you get back. And your inbox is perpetually clogged. It’s a never ending vicious cycle and just know — you are not alone.
3. Please Get to the Point Already
Say what you mean to say. And say it without mistakes and quirks. This CNBC article explains why some emails are so annoying and what to do about it.
Embrace this phrase:
- Be Brief.
- Be Bold.
- Be Gone.
Delete away and feel lighter. Write less annoying emails and keep everyone, including yourself happier.