You’ve suffered one of these email nightmares in your life:
1. Attachment Disorder
2. Reply All
3. Wrong Guy
7. Just Plain Stupid
If you haven’t, well done! You’re already emailing like a pro.
If you have, there’s 1 simple trick you need now:
Delay your Outbox
No scripts, mantras, or post-it notes. Just Delay your Outbox.
This means different things for different people. I have two simple rules:
1. All outbound email sits for 1 minute before sending 2. If an email contains "##" it goes immediately
Why 1 minute? That’s long enough to dive in and catch the above mistakes.
Why “##”? It never appears in my emails, unless I put it there. This helps me get the urgent stuff out (like winning Lady Gaga tickets…)
Different mail apps have different ways to help you do this.
Set yours up now:
- Apple Mail (not free, but more features than Outbox Delay, more info + screenshots here)
Did I miss your favourite mail app? Add yours in the comments!
“But wait! What about my urgent emails?” – Common Complaint
Anything truly urgent can have a rule (see above).
As for whether your email really, truly, absolutely need to be sent now? That’s a topic I plan to cover in a future post.