David Allen in GTD Times says:
"Q: I think email is becoming a two-headed monster. It is vital but more and more people ignore them, donít read fully etc. How can we move forward with accomplishing goals in this environment? Are there ideas you can offer regarding effective corporate communications and task handoffs?
David Allenís answer: Essentially email is no different than paper or verbal communications, with the same weaknesses if things are unfocused, unclear, and/or unnecessary. Because of its accessibility e-mail has just magnified those problems when those standards in communication are allowed. The key is having a culture and relationships that have established (really) the best-practice standards, such as communicating on purpose, while respectful of othersí time and attention. Then itís a lot easier to ensure that happens within all the media, including e-mail. If you donít have those standards, Iíll bet itís not just email that has those problems."
So the question is, what do you do, differently by the standard approach. I mean for example the use of email to some people, CC to some other. When I write them of course I expect different things by the different people.
- Do you usually differentiate your request?
- And how can you inform the other you already share to the others?