Today I sent an email to a successful lawyer I know.
In response, I got not only the best auto-reply I’ve ever received, but also an email that could actually change your life if you used it.
Here’s what it said:
Let me apologize — if you don’t get an immediate response.
My phone may be turned off.
I may be walking, and looking up, instead of down.
If you are curious — and this is a workday — feel free to call my office.
I may be in a meeting, or my “device” is on a “time out.”
In any event, I am trying to be less distractible, more deliberative, and more mindful.
I am hoping this will make us all more productive.
If you need me — and this is urgent, or timely — please call my office or my cell.
If this is a weekend, or an evening, and this is NOT urgent, let’s talk during the week.
If this is personal, call me, find me, see me — let’s talk not text.
Let’s try this.
And a reminder we can choose to be as busy (or not busy) as we’d like to be.
Our inbox works for us — not the other way around.
One more thing…
Each week I share a collection of 10 ideas like this to help you learn, do, and become better at your work, art, and life.
You can check out the most recent issue here.
Or, subscribe below: