I have to send a lot of emails. Some of them are just one-liners. If you’re like me, for these small emails, you come up with a subject and then end up repeating the subject in the body. It always feels wrong, but something has to go into the body right?
I did this until my mother got a new position at her company. One that requires her to write lots of emails. My mom got tired of doing the same thing I described above and decided for short, one line emails, just use the subject line. No body, no fuss. So when my mom sent me an email with only a subject, I realized that I just learned something about technology from my mother! It was hilarious and eye-opening. Who said emails needed a body? Most email clients ask if you want to send an email if no body or subject is present, so it could be as simple as people not wanting to see that message. If you have a short email you want to send, such as a question, then sending an email with the question in the subject should be sufficient. If you need to send more details, then the body can come into play. This works best for coworkers, friends, etc. For formal emails, it’s still best to use the body for greetings, etc.