Things We All Do When Checking Email
- Open an email, read it, then mark it as Unread so you deal with it later.
- Reread the email you just read because you weren’t really paying attention the first time you read it.
- Ignore an email for a week and then respond, “Sorry for the delay, I just now saw this.”
- Schedule an email to send at 9am so people don’t know you were writing it at 10pm.
- Proofread your email 3 times before sending it then notice a grammatical error 2 seconds after you hit sent.
- Send an email with an attachment but forget to attach the file. Reply to everyone, “Whoops! I guess it would help if I actually attached it.”
- At least once in your lifetime, be the person who accidentally replies-to-all when you shouldn’t have.
Things We All Do in Meetings
- Google a person you are meeting for the first time. Then Google yourself to see what they saw about you.
- Decline an invite because of “another meeting” when the “other meeting” is with yourself to get work done (or browse the internet).
- Pace back and forth while on the phone.
- Frequently check yourself out while on a video conference call.
- Get distracted while on a conference call then when you realize you’ve been asked a question, say “I’m sorry it was hard to hear the last part, can you repeat your question?”
- Miss that it is your turn to speak on a call and when someone else says something, say “Sorry, I was on mute.”
- Feign like you heard something after they’ve repeated it a third time and hope you don’t have to do anything.
Things We All Do at Networking Events
- Sign up for a networking event because you know it’s good for your business then dread the day when it actually comes.
- Pretend not to see someone at a networking event who you’ve met before but don’t remember their name.
- Miss hearing someone’s name during an introduction because you were thinking about how you were going to say your own name.
- Walk around the room pretending to look for someone specific when you’re really just looking for someone to talk to that won’t seem awkward.
- Fake a yawn to make sure you don’t have bad breath before talking to a group of people.
- Excuse yourself from a boring conversation by saying you have to go to the bathroom; go to the bathroom and just stand there a few moments so you don’t seem like a liar.
- Take someone’s business card because they offered it even though you’ll never contact that person.
Things We All Do While Working
- Wear headphones even when you’re not listening to music, either to get people to stop bothering you or because the music stopped 45 minutes ago but you just now realized it.
- Hit “Ctrl + S” a few times just to make sure the document really saves.
- Say “Wed-nes-day” phonetically to help you spell it (and “Feb-ru-ary”).
- After correctly spelling a difficult-to-spell word, type asdf to make sure the squiggly line appears and spellcheck is working.
- Keep 20+ tabs open on your browser because you’ll eventually get back to them. Get upset when you have to restart your browser / computer because you have to close all of the tabs you never got to.
- Alt/Cmd + Tab through all of your open programs. Continually switch back and forth between the wrong ones.
- Read lists like this instead of actually getting work done.