Use The Phone
I just got a short email (in reply to my own status update) that, considering the deadline-missing circumstances, could be seen as very blunt and dismissive and inconsiderate of my person and my time.
Except when I looked at it again ten minutes later, I read it as a quick, kind and lenient request with a hint of uncertainty about what I would want to do.
Tricky business, that email stuff. It's really easy to be ticked off when the sender's actually being very objective and clear.
So what did it actually say (and not the message you interpreted)..?