EOM Is Clever

I’ve used the TLA EOM occasionally, but never considered the full scope of its utility. Lifehacker just made me a full convert:

EOM means much more than End of Message. It means “good use of time.” It means “concise.” It means “clarity.” But GUOTCC doesn’t have the same ring as EOM, so let’s stick with it. Here are eight great reasons for you to adopt EOM while crafting your email messages.

(1) EOM saves your recipient’s time.—Don’t you value your time? Isn’t it nice when others value your time too? By keeping your subject line short and using EOM you are showing the people you send to you value their time. They’ll thank you for it (when they know what it means).

(8) EOM guarantees 100% readership—We’ve all had the frustrating experience of waiting on someone to read our important email and respond. Sometimes we wait a long time and follow up to find out they haven’t even read the message at all. Perhaps the most powerful advantage of EOM is 100% readership. Why? Because your entire message is in the subject line. Your message becomes impossible to ignore because it comes in front and center—no need to double click.

In a job where I receive between 300-1000 emails on most weekdays, every little bit helps.  The main drawback of excessive EOM’ing may be that it breaks threading for some mail readers, and may be incompatible with other email conventions.

[Tags]Email, EOM, Lifehacker, Productivity[/Tags]


  1. agerard Jul 26

    I had to lookup “TLA.”

  2. Steve Laniel Jul 26

    I had to lookup “TLA.”

    If you hover over “TLA,” you’ll see what it stands for.

    Just to be pedantic for a moment: “TLA” is itself not a three-letter acronym; it is a three-letter abbreviation. “CAP” — Center for American Progress — is an acronym.

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