That Email Can Wait, Really

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We live in a fast-paced world. Emails, texts, phone calls, and meetings fill our days. Occasionally we may need to remind ourselves to slow down.

To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

Ben Jonson

Slow down before you say something you’ll regret

Have you ever blurted out a suggestion or thought without thinking it through? Then, feel embarrassed or apologetic after it came out? Have you spent the rest of your day overthinking how you could have said it better or even what others must have thought of you for saying it?

Pause. Breathe. Take a moment to think your response through. People prefer to hear a well-thought idea or opinion over a bunch of rambling.

Slow down when responding to an email or message

Quickly hammering out a response to an email may seem enticing. Maybe you find yourself with a free minute or two during the workday. Maybe it’s the heat of the moment and you feel like you need to get it off your chest. Rushing an email or text message may seem like a good idea at the time, but later, not so much. It’s best not to respond when frustrated or annoyed. Take a little time to clear your head to ensure your response is concise and any negative emotions don’t carry through.

It’s easy to make silly grammatical or spelling errors when rushing a response. Not to mention you may overlook an important question. Type it out, but take the time at that moment or later to read it back through once or twice to avoid preventable errors and possibly having to send a follow-up to correct or provide information. Even worse, your response could be misunderstood, with detrimental consequences.

Keep in mind, most emails, chats, and text messages don’t require an immediate response. Take time to form a thoughtful message.

We all make mistakes. Many mistakes are avoidable by simply slowing down and taking a little extra time.

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