It's hard to believe that email has been part of our business culture for 20 years. It's even harder to imagine conducting business without it. But in my training circles, email is the bane of everyone's office existence.

Most would say they get too many. And everyone has a few pet peeves related to this communications tool.

Here are six pet peeves that I continually hear about.

If you recognize yourself as you read through the list, there's no time like the present to create some new habits. Your co-workers and customers will thank you for it.

1. Rambling emails

These are the ones that, once you open them, your eyes immediately begin to glaze over. They contain long paragraphs with too many details and not enough specifics like deadlines. These overloaded emails make skimming difficult and are less likely to be read and answered efficiently. In the future, state the reason for your email within the first two sentences.

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