We’re all guilty of undermining ourselves or including unnecessary words in e-mails. That’s why a Chrome extension called Just Not Sorry has been released.
The extension highlights redundant words and phrases that undermine the key message of your e-mail, similar to how your spell checker highlights errors. Hovering over the underlined text provides you with a message as to why the extension believes you should cut it from your e-mail.
The first phrases to go include “just”, “I’m sorry”, and “I think”. Naturally, the extension also highlights phrases like “I’m not an expert” as you’re clearly undermining yourself and casting doubt on your abilities.
Just Not Sorry should certainly make your work e-mails snappier. But make sure you double check why a phrase is highlighted rather than deleting phrases on sight, just in case you do need to apologise for something.
Just Not Sorry is available to download for free and syncs up with Gmail.