Keep Your Email Writings Under Three Minutes

September 19, 2019

If you have trouble writing and replying to emails, here’s a simple trick: Set a timer for three minutes. Now write that whole email before the time runs out. You’re not allowed to keep writing past three minutes. In fact, if you want to write any more, you have to wait until tomorrow and do another three-minute chunk. Now why would you do this? Well it works on two issues. First, you avoid spending too long on the actual email and you stop being too intimidated to start. The goal is to be brief, yet concise and without coming across as cold.  It takes just as long to write “Hey, any updates here? Thanks!” as it does to write “Where are we on this?” Even getting rid of the potentially disingenuous “Thanks!” feels a thousand times more approachable. You can even keep canned replies on a list. Both Gmail and Outlook have a canned response feature. This requires a few extra clicks, but it’ll even autofill a subject line for you. If three minutes really isn’t working, go up to five. But no higher. If an email really isn’t done after five minutes, you have to walk away until tomorrow. Or instead pick up the phone.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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