“Hey, TAPA, can you send out tomorrow’s call sheet? The email is already saved in the ‘Drafts’ folder.”
That’s how it starts. Pretty soon, you’re drafting the email yourself. After that, the 2nd AD is emailing them to you directly instead of to the secretary (or APOC, in some cases). After you’ve drafted the email and attached the PDF, your cursor hovers over the send button. You glance up and down the email, making sure it’s right. That moment… right there… that’s what I call…
SEND BUTTON ANXIETY
It’s normal. It’s healthy. It shows that you’re a perfectionist… even when the results aren’t always perfect.
But by God, don’t be a complete wreck about it! A woman in my office right now has all-consuming, full-blown Send Button OCD. (I don’t use the term OCD lightly.) When she has to send an email with more than two recipients, her face goes pale. Sweat gathers on her hands and forehead. She paces the room to avoid vomiting. She asks me to proofread her email over and over again. WTF?!
The repercussions for her doing it wrong are near zero. In a worst case scenario, she lists inaccurate information (which no one will read, because nobody reads emails) or she forgets to attach a document (which she can correct by sending out a “REVISED” email a minute later).
If you can’t write a simple email without losing your mind, then maybe working in a fast-paced production office isn’t for you. Get it together already. Go work in a library or museum.
Or better yet, go see a therapist.