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Home > Blog > Today's Honesty Award
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Friday, October 21, 2005 4:53 PM
Today's Honesty Award
Kevin Salwen on Technology

I got an email today that was A First: It was marked with a little down arrow in the priority column -- in other words, the sender self-designated her own message as Low Priority. An email that the sender thinks is not very important??!! An email that someone thinks is worth reading kinda, sorta 'whenever.'

So, in a moment of obvious idleness, I opened it up. In fact, I undoubtedly opened it faster than I would have if it hadn't been marked at all, simply because I needed to know exactly what the attached file might be, given that it was so unimportant.

It was an old video clip from the long-cancelled Budweiser 'Whazzup' ad campaign. I must admit, I watched it twice, because it was funny. Humor as Low Priority? I don't think so, but I have some candidates for that category. Don't we all??


2 comments

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/24/2005 3:38:10 PM
And here's another perspective. I send out weekly fearless living stories to people on my list. I now send it out with a message honouring the time commitment it takes to read the story. I also ensure that they only receive it if they want it. One person sent me back am email telling me she was going to be very busy for a couple of months and would only be opening critical emails...same course perhaps?....and wanted to be off the list until January. No problem. I don't want to send stuff out to people who dont' want it or need it....and, by having them off my list, I reach the people who do want to be contacted....Kevin, from now on, there will be a little arrow! Living la vida fearless, Jan
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Max Leibman - 10/24/2005 12:02:16 AM
I went to a FOCUS workshop a couple weeks ago (time-management thingy put on by FranklinCovey) and I was in a breakout group that was asked to work on solutions to the time wasted by e-mail. One of ours was to respect the recipient's time--to avoid sending e-mail that wasn't critical to one or both of us--in order to strengthen our case if we have to ask others to do the same.

Even if it was wrongly categorized--and I'd agree, humor is a must!--at least your friend is thinking in dimensions of importance. That's a sign of respect all too uncommon in the Connected Culture.

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