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1. Respect Recipients Time

As the sender, the onus is on you to minimize the time it takes process the email.

4. No Open-Ended Questions

While we often want to send long emails of thoughts that end with open-ended questions like "Thoughts?" or "How can I help?" it's very taxing for the receiver. Instead, provide be generous by providing simple, easy-to-answer options like: "Can I help you most by a) calling you, b) visiting your office , or c) staying out of it?" 

2. Short or Slow is Not Rude

Let's agree to cut each other slack and give each other the benefit of the doubt: we're all doing the best we can. Let's agree that it's not rude to respond in brief statements or respond a week later.

5. Conscious, Sparing use of CC

Every time we CC someone new, we're eating up someone's precious time on earth. Instead, think conscoiusly about who really needs to be on this email and who it can skip?

3. Clear Subject Lines

Start with a subject line that clearly labels the topic.

6. Tighten the Thread

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These principles are part of Time Well Spent: a movement to redesign our media environment to help each other spend our time well.