June 06, 2008

NRN = No Response Needed in Email Another quick email tip today – for your subject line… NRN – No Response Needed. We all agree that a good subject line is the best way to start an effective email. Sometime a subject line is all you need (use EOM then). When you're informing someone of some facts or updating a situation's progress your can add NRN to the end of the subject line. When used regularly, meaning you've trained your recipients that this is what NRN means, NRN informs the reader that this is an update and they can delete or file after glancing at it. NRN is not as popular as EOM. A NRN Google search turns up some interesting links. An EOM Google search goes right to it's definition. This is useful for emails you send to those people that seem to write "Thank You" to you for all your correspondence to them, too. It's a polite way to break them of the habit, hopefully. Sure, thank you is the traditional way – and it wastes time in a time-strapped schedule. I've even heard about a "You're Welcome" response to Thank You. Here's an example of an email subject line with No Response Needed incorporated: SUBJECT: Contract with Austin Supplier will Close on Friday the 13th – NRN To refresh you on EOM – End Of Message. Your subject line can sometime be the entire message. So, use it in your messages and those you regularly correspond with will appreciate you helping them breeze through (yet another) email. Here's an example: SUBJECT: Tonight's dinner reservation is for 7pm – EOM
Productivity & the Grave – Part 4 – Your Records What paperwork and records do you need to keep to interrupt your loved one's life as little as possible when you go? In this forth part of 5 on preparing your estate for the inevitable passing of your hard earned assets to someone else we will overview what records you should keep. The answer is not, "Everything – just in case," nor is it "Nothing – let them figure it out." That's because the government will gladly take a huge hunk of your assets if you're not prepared (and you've already paid taxes on that money), the beneficiary of your work will have enough heartache that it's best if they don't have a (paperwork) headache on top of that, and because you probably want your kids to have no arguing over what you've left them. Note: this is an overview for typical professionals – in all cases consult with your legal team and especially so if you're a business owner. These are the things you need to put in one place in preparation for the last step – organizing your records, the subject of Part 5. If you don't have any of these first consult with your lawyer to see if you should. If not, just cross that item off your list Will Trust Abstract of Trust Durable Power of Attorney Pour Over Will Living Will List of all your savings, checking, money market, and investment accounts (Money Accounts) Online access for each Money Account including URL, passwords and security keys Statements from each Money Account – most recent or at least the year-end from last year Contact information for all your professional services providers – lawyer, accountant, financial advisor, business advisors, tax preparer, etc. Letter to your children Location and access for special assets from jewelry in a safe deposit box to a boat at a dock Special instructions to executor, trustee, friends or family Balance Sheet Burial / cremation wishes or pre-arrangement Deeds Health Care Power of Attorney Family contact information (all involved or beneficiary of your wishes) List of Credit Cards, Issuer, Account Number Insurance policies (Life, Auto, Home, Health, Disability) Military discharge papers Health Care Directive Prenuptial agreement Spouse's death certificate Your social security card / number The first article in the series is here: Productivity & The Grave Part 1. The first article links to all these subsequent articles... Part 2 - the Conversation with...

Susan Sabo

I am a tool-loving productivity specialist who gets things done so I can travel the world, bicycle our country, spoil my friends & colleagues, and show you how to do the same.

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