The Best Auto-Reply Email I’ve Ever Seen

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.

Awesome.

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…

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