We are still in a pandemic, and we are not doing OK.
We are on month 11 of the pandemic (here comes our baby's first birthday, ugh) and somehow it's only dawning on me that I should be updating my email signature to reflect the level of burnout and how spread thin I am, as a working mom of three under 3. I used to be so so so so so proud of my inbox 0 email, which is now, to be very honest, a dumpster fire of unread ones, must reply ones that keep getting pushed to next week and half-written replies.
Thankfully, some have been smarter than me and have been doing this already.
Mom of two Liz Teich, also known on Instagram as The New York Stylist, shared her email signature in her IG stories and it was highly relatable. Teich's story encouraged moms to go easy on themselves and also set a realistic email signature.
Hers is "I'm a mom in a pandemic and will be delated in responding to my emails. Thank you for understanding."
Me being me, I took to Twitter for reassurance and also more inspo on what mine should be. And of course, the tweets did not disappoint.
Here are the best pandemic email signatures:
Some days I want to add to my email signature, "Any work I have done since March 13, 2020, I have done while also c… https://t.co/RmnVMNe4Eh— Erin Marie Furtak, Ph.D. (@Erin Marie Furtak, Ph.D.)1597435331.0
One of the authors I work with has this as their email signature: "If you are receiving this email outside of your… https://t.co/Zh0J7xS1xh— Eric Smith (@Eric Smith)1596726848.0
Very tempted to just add "many apologies for the delayed response" to my email signature. This pandemic has broken my inbox.— Laila Ujayli (@Laila Ujayli)1612987572.0
“Have a noncontagious day but keep an infectious smile” is peak pandemic email signature— Thee White Stallion (@Thee White Stallion)1609856194.0
new email signature about to say "Please excuse any typos. We still in a pandemic."— justin "grandma's favorite" reid (@justin "grandma's favorite" reid)1601987992.0
Bouta just change my email signature to "During a pandemic?"— Kar (@Kar)1590688020.0
I changed my email signature to “Dreaming of cheeseburgers and tater tots” because a year into the pandemic I want… https://t.co/LBLSIPDr7J— Stephanie Hames McKenna (@Stephanie Hames McKenna)1613494423.0
I'm going to put this in my email signature, to be removed only after raising and educating three small humans whil… https://t.co/TY94ode1f1— Allison Lenard (@Allison Lenard)1613592812.0
There are two kinds of people: those who changed their email signature since the pandemic started, and liars— discount mugi (@discount mugi)1613279202.0
I personally have used “Sláinte!” in my signature since the pandemic started. Some people actually look it up and e… https://t.co/2CUPVY1HIb— Angelé (@Angelé)1612974026.0
Sign of how bad my email problems are -- adding this to my signature .... "Missing a response from me to your emai… https://t.co/XCjoGEx2js— Amy Tabb (@Amy Tabb)1613139326.0
A new message for your email signature: 'I'm living and working through a pandemic. I, like you, need to keep mysel… https://t.co/hPoEYJxUBJ— Petra Boynton (@Petra Boynton)1609267291.0
Just saw this on an email and love it: "I am sending this email at a time that is convenient for me. Please answe… https://t.co/0tjUXMqFgW— Matt Wallaert (@Matt Wallaert)1613513049.0
I've updated my email signature to let people know that they can request extensions, help, or any form of grace fro… https://t.co/irVfQwjpQX— Tahmeed Shafiq (@Tahmeed Shafiq)1610661647.0