In an effort to counteract information overload, I've started qualifying much of my written communication with a certain taxonomy. Since I won't be able to explain it to everyone, I'm writing this blog, which I'll send people to when they ask "what are the numbers all about?" I've even made a Magic Decoder Ring below. Well, technically it's more of a rectangle than a ring, but you get the idea.
I'm putting numbers in front of much of what I write in our internal company communications. I usually don't do it publicly, although I might start to, if it works well. For example, if I were writing this blog internally, I'd give it a , since it's of low priority. That doesn't mean it's not valuable, it just means you won't need the information to do your job effectively -- think of a  as an "FYI, a  of "I need a response when you can" and a  as "urgent -- I need an answer right now". We'll see how well this works. I've been using it for a few days and it feels good so far from my perspective. Feel free to leave your comments below telling me how you perceive it as a recipient.
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