We all know that emails reproduce more quickly than rabbits. Send one, get one – or more. The easiest way then to stop wasting time is to stop sending so many emails.
I know…easier said than done. So try this “digital minimism” idea:
Instead of asking an open-ended question, suggest an answer:
- Bad approach: Would you like to talk about this further?
- Great approach: I’d like to suggest that we talk about this further. Is Tuesday at 3:oop (PDT) good or would Friday be better for you?
- Bad approach; What do you think about this?
- Great approach: I think this can work. If you agree, please let me know and I’ll add it to the agenda for the staff meeting.
Yes, the recipient has to let you know something; they do have to respond. But you’re not only managing connectedness, you’re eliminating a frustrating, non-productive email volley.