Five Sentences


Have you ever heard of Five Sentences? The people on my email list will tell you that this is a new concept for me. I tend to get a little wordy with my emails. However, sometimes I just have a lot to talk about! lol!

I do think it’s important to keep emails manageable, and in today’s world of text messaging, many people just won’t respond to lengthy messages. The creators of the Five Sentences concept put it this way:

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.

Ever since I read about this approach, I feel like I’ve become a more effective communicator via email. Steph did make me promise not to just start sending her more emails now that I’ve started writing shorter ones. ROFL!

katie big