I once spent a full week writing an email.
It wasn’t a super long email; it’s not like it took seven days to type it all out. I had it written on day one. But I didn’t send it that day. Instead, I read it myself, over and over, looking for ways I could improve it and debating whether I should send it at all.
Having revised it umpteen times and worn myself out worrying about it, I finally sent the email—but not to the people I was writing it for. No, I sent it to some close friends and asked them to read over it and look for any ways to improve it. I wanted reassurance that it was OK to send, that it got my message across in an understandable way, and that I wasn’t missing any embarrassing typos.
After a week’s worth of edits and revisions, I finally sent the email, for real this time. And after sending it, did I breathe a sigh of relief that it was done? No. I went into my “sent” email folder and reread it again, looking for any problems I might have somehow missed, even though at that point it would be impossible to change them. I worried about what kind of response I might get, and then I worried about what I would do if I didn’t get any response, and what it might mean if I didn’t get a reply.
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