Five Sentences: Personal Email Policy

Five Sentence Personal Email Policy

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Purpose: A personal policy to help manage your email.


The Five Sentences Manifesto

The Problem

E-mail takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it.

The Solution

Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead. is a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be five sentences or less. It’s that simple.



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