Many (many) years ago, email was fun. It was exciting to hear a “ding” saying we got some email and it was pretty cool to talk using it.
I feel safe in saying that for anyone over the age of 20, that’s no longer the case. We often feel like we’re drowning in email. Not only does the “ding” make us feel dread rather than excitement, many of us have turned off the “ding” to maintain our sanity.
Nevertheless, email’s not going anywhere, so we might as well make friends with it. This week’s articles aim to help us do just that.
This article by Alexandra Franzen will help you “commit to writing better, simpler, clearer emails – the kinds of emails that people actually look forward to reading.” Her tips will show you how to simplify and humanize the email you write. I wish all the email I received followed these guildelines!
Kevan Lee’s article gets down to the nitty gritty of how to handle common types of email with many templates for specific situations, including:
- An email template for shaving 20 hours off your work week
- How Michael Hyatt says no to guest bloggers
- Email snippets for saying no
- 7 simple sentences to set better boundaries
- How to send the best emails to your customers
- What to say instead of “Let me know if you have any questions”
- Out with the “buts,” in with the exclamations
What about using email to actually improve your life? Eric has five emails for you to send everyday that will do just that. And I think they’ll make you feel good, too!
His suggestions fall into the areas of Happiness, Job, Growth, Friendship, and Career. Try them out maybe your life will go up a notch.
Yay to making email work for us! Do you have any other tips for making email more user-friendly? Leave a comment and share!