June 30, 2011
Now that I have multiple ways to access my inbox (iPhone, laptop, desktop) but only one way to permanently delete them (desktop), I have been in search of an Email Charter that will help me save my time…or should I say my life?
One such charter has been circulating the Internet by none other than TED curator Chris Anderson. For those of you unfamiliar with TED, visit the site for 18-minute videos of dazzling inspiration on technology, innovation and design.
But I digress. The point of this post is to list the ten items on Chris’ list to see if you agree. If you do, then vote on EmailCharter.org. And pass it on. Because we could all use a little more inbox sanity in our lives.
The below has been retrieved from http://emailcharter.org. I’ve committed every one of these cybercrimes at one point or another. Have you?
|10 Rules to Reverse the Email Spiral|
|1. Respect Recipients’ Time
This is the fundamental rule. As the message sender, the onus is on YOU to minimize the time your email will take to process. Even if it means taking more time at your end before sending.
2. Short or Slow is not Rude
3. Celebrate Clarity
4. Quash Open-Ended Questions
5. Slash Surplus CCs
|6. Tighten the Thread
Some emails depend for their meaning on context. Which means it’s usually right to include the thread being responded to. But it’s rare that a thread should extend to more than 3 emails. Before sending, cut what’s not relevant. Or consider making a phone call instead.
7. Attack Attachments
8. Give these Gifts: EOM NNTR
9. Cut Contentless Responses
- Help Create an Email Charter! (tedchris.posterous.com)