The other day I opened my inbox to find yet another email with a red exclamation point.
I could feel my face heating up and turning as red as that stupid exclamation point. I wondered who was sending me this email and what was so urgent on Friday at 4 p.m. Did it really warrant an exclamation point?
As I suspected, it wasn’t an urgent email—at least not urgent for me. It was just another person annoying me by using that exclamation point for something that was urgent for them. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand that some things require immediate attention, but nine out of 10 times, when someone includes that red exclamation point it really doesn’t apply. Can you tell this is a pet peeve?
So, today, I have for you a “Top 10 List,” David Letterman-style. Here are the “Top 10 Ways to Annoy Your Colleagues with Email.”
No. 10: Read this (just because I said so)