Xin Fu: The Martial Art of emailing – Breathe in before shooting
Oh no ! These words echo in your head as you let go the arrow and did not aim enough at the target. Now, nothing except the wind can influence its path and you see eventually go into the woods behind your target. What happened ? once again, you released the string too soon and you did know but it was already too late.
It”s exactly the same when you send an email, you click on the «send» button and sometimes regret to have done so nearly at the same time.
Fortunately, there is an option that can help avoiding this kind of misadventure in the future.
The idea is simply to delay the sending of your email by 3 or 5 minutes. It will give you enough time to realize your possible mistakes and act upon them.
Another advantage of delaying your response is to avoid distractions. Indeed, while in the process of going through your inbox and sending your replies, you may be interrupted by the incoming emails you have just generated.
So follow this tip if you use Outlook :
and this one if you use Gmail:
Remember the following:
"Once a word leaves your mouth, you cannot chase it back even with the swiftest horse." (chinese proverb)
Do you have other tips to delay your email ?