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This is one of my all-time favorite tips. We often use e-mail to request something from someone, or to tell someone that we will do something for them. By using the tip below, you won't have to worry ever again about forgetting to remind them if they don't respond. This tip will save an additional copy of your e-mail in a special folder called @Waiting For. That way, you can check that folder every so often to make sure the person got back to you. If they haven't, you simply go to @Waiting For, open the e-mail, click on Forward, and send it back to them as a new e-mail. You can say something like—“I know you're swamped, but I'm checking in to see if you've had a chance to [whatever you originally asked them to do]?” That way, they get a reminder which includes the original e-mail (text, date, etc.)! Because the new e-mail already had “wff” in it, a copy will automatically be put into @Waiting For again and you will have a record of what you asked for and your follow-up efforts to get it.
The next time you send an e-mail that you might have to follow up on, type wff as the last line of the e-mail, and this tip will automatically work for you!Tip provided by Reba J. Nance, Director of Law Practice and Risk Management, Colorado Bar Association.
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