Mailing allows us to get work done quickly with people across cities, across buildings, across work-stations (J), across geographies.
However, without the emotional signs and social cues of face-to-face or phone interaction, it’s more possible to be misunderstood.
Also, mindless emailing overstuffs everyone’s inboxes.
Let us try Mindful Emailing. With a few mails during the week. Or all of them.
- COMPOSE an email.
- STOP to take one long deep breath. Pay attention to the breath. (count of 5 on the inhale and 5 on the exhale, if you like)
- THINK of the person to whom the email is going and how you want them to receive your message.
- Could they misunderstand your words and become angry or offended?
- Are you being more positive than you intend?
- LOOK at the draft email again.
- OBSERVE how you are.
- CHANGE it if appropriate.
- PROCEED – send your email