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Send This Email to Have a Better Day

The key to falling back in love with your inbox is as simple as writing one email every day: a thank you note.

Hello, my name is Amy and I have 8,888 unread emails in my inbox. I know! But between marketing pitches for publications where I worked three jobs ago (update your lists, people!) and increasingly dramatic calls to sign political petitions (I admit signing up to textbank for campaigns was a bad call for this reason), I really can’t keep up. I tend to meet every “new message” notification with a shudder of dread.

Of course it wasn’t always this way — I used to love email! These days, however, I rarely have a fun or even pleasant email shining there amid the detritus. The problem might be that I’m not sending very good emails myself. You have to give to get, and email is no exception.

Medium writer Michael Thompson posits that the key to falling back in love with your inbox is as simple as writing one email every day: a thank you note. As he puts it, Imagine if you woke up one morning and after getting ready for work you opened up your email and waiting inside was a message from someone letting you know how much they appreciate you.

The beauty of the world is that we are all different. But one of the few things we all have in common is we love to be seen.

Take a moment to write a letter to a colleague, your partner, an old mentor, a friend who was there for you when you needed it. All you have to do is write, “Hey, thanks!” It will brighten their day and probably yours as well — and it just might improve your own inbox karma.

Thompson also suggests four other kinds of email to write every week. Read about them here, and then email me to share you thoughts! (Just kidding about that last bit, oh boy.)

By Amy Shearn, first published on https://forge.medium.com/ October 21, 2020