You are likely here because you clicked on the end of the email I sent you and it said:
Why the brevity?
I’m not being rude, just trying to being efficient and reduce my email fatigue!
It feels sometimes that you can get caught up in the never ending reply to emails. Especially when you are working at home, you can feel like you’re trapped in the hamster wheel!
I need your help in escaping this trap as I would rather be speaking to clients, meeting them face-to-face and thinking up innovative solutions to problems instead of being stuck in the never ending cycle of emails.
Don’t get me wrong, emails play an important role, but I, maybe we, need think about ways to make things simpler for all of us.
Here are three things I’m going to try; and one final point that’s important to make.
Remove the fluff
What’s the fluff I hear you ask?
Well in a way this post is full of it! It’s full of emotion, thoughts, over indulgences and extra insight about me (yes very ego heavy). The plan is to cut all that from emails.
☹️ This means I’m not going to ask you how you are doing.
🍻 I’m not going to mention if you had a good weekend.
👨👧👦 Family, I’m not going to talk about.
🏖 As far as I’m concerned we are never going on holiday.
🦔 I’m not going to make up excuses about slow replies.
🤕 I’m not going to mention if I’m well or not
This is a hard one, but I’m also only going to reply to emails that also need a reply. If I don’t have an action and the email does’t need my input, I’m not going to reply to it!
Get to the point
I’m going to try and get to the point as quick as possible and make it easy for you to read.
- I’ll likely use bullet points
- I’m going to tell you what I need
- I’m going to keep it short
- It’s going to feel blunt… but not rude
Do this together
I can’t do this alone. I’m going to try and make my emails simpler, if you could do the same when you email me that would be amazing. There is nothing like that sinking feeling when someone emails you an essay of a message. Let’s not do that to each other!
We can talk
You can call me anytime, and you know what, I may do the same to you. Guess what, I’m not even going to give you notice. I may just ring up out of the blue!
That’s how it use to be done, back in the day (yes, I’m showing my age).
It’s also how it used to work when we were in offices allot, I used to just stroll over to people and ask them a question. It was quick, enjoyable and a nice point of interaction,
So call me! Or WhatsApp me.
Also, feel free to link to this page if you decide to include a Why the brevity at the bottom of your emails.
I still care about you!
This is the most important point. Please don’t mistake my short, to the point emails as me being rude.
I want to reply quicker, more precisely because I care.
I want to make your life easier as well as mine, because I care.
I’m still going to double check the email makes sense before I send, I’m not going to send you a bunch of jumbled words.
Thank you for reading, let me know if a bit of brevity helps you, plus if you have any other tips that help you escape the email hamster wheel e.g. thoughts in inbox Zero, only answering emails in the morning etc…