A friend of mine read in my weekly journal that I was trying to say “let me write about that and get back to you” at least once per day. He asked me why I felt the need to say that instead of just “let me get back to you.”
Good question, so here’s my answer:
- I want to show people that I care enough about the topic to actually “do a thing” (like actual work). Maybe that’ll help them feel like I’m giving it the respect it deserves.
- It reassures them that they’ll get an answer, rather than me just brushing it off. “Let me get back to you” can come across like I’m avoiding it.
- It won’t be a surprise when I send them a thing I wrote. It sets their expectation for what will happen.
- It adds some accountability so I can’t get lazy and decide it wasn’t that important.
- This one is lower priority, but it’s a low-key effort to normalize async comms, writing as thinking, and less knee-jerk decisions.
As for the actual wording, here’s my current go-to: “This feels important and I want to do it justice. Is it OK with you if I ponder it and write up my thoughts?
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