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Camille Styles

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This Is The Most Obnoxious E-mail Thing You Do

October 7th, 2016

Before I tell you about the most obnoxious email thing you do, let me tell you a story. Picture this: It’s 4:52 P.M. on a Thursday and I have big plans to meet my girlfriends at a new swanky wine bar. It’s 8 minutes to Happy Hour and then I’m letting loose. Then this thing happens:

Buzz. Buzz. Buzz.

The familiar sound of emails suddenly plunking into our inboxes. A flurry of them. A good half dozen per person, meaning at 4:53 P.M., we’re faced with a total of twenty new emails from writers, clients, collaborators… you name it — and almost all of them require a response:

“Sounds great, Lauren! Will you send me a calendar invite for that?”

“I’m cc’ing Lauren from Career Contessa who will explain everything to you ASAP!”

“I haven’t heard back from our client yet. Can we postpone tomorrow morning’s meeting by a few hours?”

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7 Comments under :: This Is The Most Obnoxious E-mail Thing You Do
  1. Katie says:

    I read an article a few years ago that said any emails after 3pm are not meant to be responded to. They are the other person’s way of getting an item off their desk and onto yours for the remainder of the day. When looking at my own emails that is true. I should organize question emails for the morning and emails containing documents and completed work for the afternoon and see how that goes.

  2. npharney says:

    I hate the 4:50 email bomb almost as much as I hate the 4:50 8am Friday morning meeting invite

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  3. Laura W says:

    I agree with the intent of the post and it is worth consideration when dealing with inter office communication. However, for those of us working in a global environment, I guess that old saying, “its 5 O’ clock somewhere” really does apply and someone is going to get that last minute email inevitably.

  4. Priya Puri says:

    I’m glad I read this! It makes me feel better. I got an email at 9pm last night (Sunday night) asking for some work to be be done…and by the way it’s urgent! At first I was feeling bad for not dealing with it… Till I realised it only became urgent because it had been ignored by the sender for too long in the first place, and they were pushing the task onto me to deal with last minute. Sadly this happens far to often. “Email is so cheap. It doesn’t cost the sender anything, but it costs the receiver everything.” This quote is so true!

  5. Priya Puri says:

    I’m so glad I read this! I got an email at 9pm last night (Sunday night) asking me to do a task…and that it was urgent! Now at first I felt bad for not dealing with it….but then I realised that this task had only become so “urgent” because it had been ignored by the sender for too long, and they were pushing it on me last minute to deal with it. Sadly this happens to often. “Email is so cheap. It doesn’t cost the sender anything, but it costs the receiver everything.” This quote is so true!

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