When emailing, don’t delay in getting to the point. That begins with your subject line, which should clearly articulate what your message is about. Be specific without being too wordy, so your recipient can appropriately prioritize the email’s importance. Place the most important words at the beginning of your subject line to ensure they’re shown.

When it comes to the body of your email, always be concise. Of course, it’s polite and beneficial to start with pleasantries, but don’t bury the important stuff. Be sure to get to it immediately after your greeting and clearly spell out the purpose of your email. This will effectively articulate the reason you’re writing and make it easier for the recipient to find this information in the future should they need it. And keep it as short as possible.

Another way to be respectful of others is by being careful about CC’ing. Only include those absolutely necessary to eliminate wasting anyone’s time reading an email they didn’t need to see.