Can I learn to write emails more quickly?
June 4, 2012 7:25 AM Subscribe
How can I learn to write emails quickly without agonizing over wording? I feel like it takes me ten times longer than it should. Even a simple two-sentence reply often takes me five minutes to compose and send, because I'll rewrite each sentence at least 3 times, then re-read it and tweak the wording endlessly.
posted by roscopcoletrane to work & money (13 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Even this post has taken me 10 minutes to write when I feel like I should be able to do it in 2. It's infuriating because I feel like I'm wasting time, and it also keeps me from responding to emails because I know the effort it's going to take me to compose the response, especially if someone has explicitly asked for my input or opinion. There is clearly a psychological component to why I do this, but I haven't quite put my finger on what it is. It has something to do with being afraid of being misunderstood, I think, or of not getting heard. In general I tend to be more anxious than the average person, which probably has something to do with it as well.
I am so envious of people who seem to be able to just dash off an email without ever hitting the delete button. Is there a way to train myself to become one of those people, but still give thoughtful responses?