Three Sentences is my personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be three sentences or less. It’s that simple.
I write a lot and read a lot. I need to work less and do more. Just like you.
Email is part of the problem, therefore less email would be better. Therefore I will not reply to an email unless absolutely necessary. I won’t give an opinion unless asked. I won’t offer advice, or “chime in”. I delete email that has no action for me.
Clear it down and move on. Let’s do something else.
The Email Problem
E-mail takes too long to respond to, can be misinterpreted and results in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it or need to concentrate on detailed tasks.
Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response is one idea. Since it is too hard to count letters, I count sentences instead.
Three Sentences is a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be three sentences or less. Itís that simple.
Email is target and brief. It’s curt, to the point, and focussed.
It’s not rude, blunt, impolite or offensive. It’s just time saving.