Sometimes it's the little things that increase your productivity. Don't get a new word processor, for example -- just learn to use the keyboard shortcuts on the program you already own. In that same spirit, Every Joe offers some unexpected advice for improving your productivity by reversing the way you usually write your e-mails.
- Attach the files. Starting with this step mean you won't forget to add the attachments at the end. It also helps you keep the message focused on the main point, which is probably related to the attached files.
- Write the body text. Be sure to relate the message to the attachments and the desired otcome of sending the message.
- Write the subject. Now that you've written the message, the subject should be like a thesis statement -- a concise restatement of the body. It also eliminates messages with blank subject lines, which are mysterious, confusing, and also make you look foolish.
- Add recipients. Doing this last prevents you from accidentally sending the message without the subject line or attachments. It also allows you to smartly select who to send it to based on all the work you put into the first three steps.
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