Last Updated Nov 17, 2010 12:26 AM EST
WebWorkerDaily recently suggested a half dozen tips for writing effective subject lines. Here's the skinny:
Be clear and precise. This one is obvious, but often overlooked: the subject should be a reflection of the content of the mail, and be easy to understand. If the thread strays from the intended subject, therefore, it can be a good idea to rename the thread mid-stream, especially if it has action items.
Include critical due dates. You might use this one sparingly, but it can be useful to specify a due date, especially if the project is important and the date is imminent.
Identify people by name. I've done this. Karen - Please re-send the PPT deck to me asap. Perhaps that's all you need; the body of the e-mail can be blank. But when Karen is scanning subject lines in the inbox, you can bet she'll see this one.