Reading and responding to email takes up a lot of time but is organizationally vital.
“Five or Fewer” is my effort to reply to all email responses–regardless of recipient or subject– in five or fewer sentences. If I cannot, I will lead with a brief summary to hold true to this commitment. My email responses will be similar to text messages, limiting myself in my response. If a question requires a “yes or no” answer, I will place that in the subject line. Please do not interpret my brevity for rudeness or tone. It’s my effort to respect your time.
This is adapted from http://five.sentenc.es