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Tips to Manage Incoming E-mail
Friends, colleagues, and clients are all telling me that one of their biggest challenges is trying to manage e-mail overload. They say everyone wants something from them and consequently, they're buried in e-mail. Is this a struggle for you? If so, here are a few tips that will save you some time in reading and receiving e-mail.
1. Limit personal e-mail at work.
Yes, this may seem a drastic step but it's one that will help you stay focused on priorities so you can complete your work and then spend time doing the things that mean the most to you.
2. Use a spam program.
Your employer or ISP may already cover this but if you are running your own system you'll want a spam blocker to help minimize unwanted e-mail as much as possible. (Tip: PC World rates Cloudmark's SpamNet as one of the best.)
3. Use folders to store e-mail.
Your inbox isn't a storage facility, it's for incoming mail. Create folders within your e-mail program that "mirror" the folders you use to store hardcopy in your office/workspace.
4. Change the subject of e-mails to summarize its content.
Make it easy to find any e-mail you decide to keep by changing the subject. For example: if you receive an e-mail with the subject "Update" and it turns out to be a request for you to send someone an update, change the subject to "Send John Doe product update on 8/29/05." This functionality is available in most e-mail programs.
5. Limit the frequency with which you review and process incoming e-mail to 2 or 3x's per day.
Pick times other than when you are most focused, creative, or energized.
6. As a general rule, separate the task of "processing" your incoming e-mail from "working" on your e-mail.
Exception: If you can reply or forward an e-mail in a minute or two, do it, then delete it. Otherwise, save the doing/replying/composing for a later work period.
7. Organize your e-mail by "Received" order.
In other words, make sure you've set up your inbox so the newest e-mails are on top.
8. Empty your e-mail inbox in five steps. Here's how:
Pam N. Woods is co-author of a bestselling book, Create the Business Breakthrough You Want: Secrets and Strategies from the World's Greatest Mentors; endorsed by Ken Blanchard and Dr. Stephen Covey. She is a Coach U graduate and President of Smart WorkLife Solutions, a coaching and consulting company devoted to co-creating customized solutions to fit clients business and personal organizing needs. Prior to founding her own firm she had a successful 20+ year career as an insurance executive and Vice President of Human Resources. For more free how-to articles and advice, or to contact Woods, visit http://www.worklifecoach.com Copyright 2005 - Pam Woods
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It's Not The Same Old Routine
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Time Management - Keeping a Clean Desk
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Ending Procrastination: A New Look at the Old Demon
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Effective Time Management - Delegating Techniques
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How You Can Double, Triple, or Even Quadruple Your Reading Speed!
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Take Back Your Time
"You will never find time for anything. You must make it.
Being Busy Does Not Equal Being Productive
How many people do you know who are so busy being busy that they never seem to get anything worthwhile done? Does that describe you, maybe even just a little bit?Being busy all the time, through necessity, is a curse. Being busy all the time, for the sake of it, is madness.
Fitting An Education Into A Busy Lifestyle
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Managing Worry: Productivity Tips for High Achievers Who Worry
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7 ways To Win The Time Crunch
Are you working a "day job" while building your home-based "dream business"? Do you find it difficult to manage your time? Follow these seven tips to get more done growing your business, and have the time for other important things in your life, too.(1) Make and use a 'to-do' list daily.
Prioritize Your Life for Success
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More Precious Than Gold
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Increasing Your ROI
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Time Management Is Key
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How to Define a Successful Time Management Strategy
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Time: Do You Spend it or Invest it?
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Winning The Fight Between You And The Clock
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24 Time Management Tips
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Time Management: A Fresh View
Last week I had the privilege of spending some quality time with a dear friend. Unfortunately we live on opposite sides of the world, so we do not spend a lot of time together, but when we do get together it is an uplifting experience.
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