documents (faxes) in the days before email? Sometimes you could receive dozens
of them a day and they all seemed so important yet they all shared something
in common that helped us prioritize them a cover sheet. On the cover sheet
there usually was an indicator to let the recipient know how to handle the document from
Although faxes have become
scarce in this day and age, we can use these same indicators in our SUBJECT line
of our emails to make our recipients life a bit less stressful. When managing
an inbox that fills on a rapid basis, it would please the recipient to no end to
be able to glance at your subject heading and know at a glance how to handle
it. This goes double for someone who is managing their mail via a hand-held
device like a Blackberry. Try to incorporate this courtesy into your emailing
habits and make someone a little less stressed. If we are lucky, enough of us
will do it that it will become common practice and we will all work a little bitmore efficiently.
Lastly, over use of URGENT or PRIORITY will get you the opposite effect. Remember the little boy who cried wolf? Nuff said.