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How are you all doing with the first two steps in gainingof your ? Are you subject lines working more efficiently for you? Did you turn off your automatic notifications and begin controlling the times you view your email? I personally found the second day of focusing on my subject lines easier than the first. I’ve even had some of those I’ve emailed respond with ideas for “ ” for me to address! I’m very appreciative of that and will absolutely do that!
Today’s step is one that will likely be fairly easy to put into practice.
For the next 28 days, if your emails require an action or response, say so in the subject line and preferably as the first word (s).
Help out the recipient of your email by letting them know immediately if you need to receive something back from then. For administrators, this may mean using the Action Required to let teachers, faculty, and staff know that they need to do something. For example, an administrator may write a subject line like this:
Action Required: Turn in your Faculty Survey by May 15th
The administrator in this case has done two things: 1) Let the recipient know the details of what must be completed, and 2) increased the likelihood that the email will capture the recipient’s attention because of the clear meaning of Action Required. The average email recipient scans the subject lines so this will stand out clearly as an important indicator! I know if I get this email, I’m putting it on a top priority list.
In the same manner, the following words may be used to indicate to the reader what you need from them regarding the email:
So, there you have the next step in the process. I’ll be sharing with my colleagues my next step in email protocol so they are aware of the subject indicator I am using!
I should share that I received another message back from a coworker that was a subject-line message only and ended with (). I’ve not received two since I started implementing these steps towards gaining control of my email. I see that as progress!
How are you doing with your steps towards gaining email control? Take a moment and let me know! I’d love to hear from you!