mnmlist: the art of brief emails

by Leo Babauta

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey

Emails, to some of us, are like a plague. They spread rapidly, infect you until you’re covered in sores and can’t do anything useful, and ultimately fill the streets with corpses.

OK, maybe emails aren’t exactly like the plague.

But they can take up your entire day if you let them. Enter the art of brevity (not to be confused with this site).

Master the art of writing concise emails, and you communicate essential information without taking up much time – yours or the recipients’ time. You also encourage the responder to be brief, with your own brevity. And by eliminating chatter, you also become a better writer.

Some tips for writing brief emails:

If you know people who need to read this post, pls email it to them. Briefly.

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought. ~Dennis Roth