Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reeder has a Zero Inbox?

I have a love/hate relationship with email. For so long, I was borderline slave to email. In 2015, I am no longer a slave and here is how I am going to make it happen.

Turn off Notifications
Yes, you heard me correctly. Turn off that aggravating count notification telling me that I have 101 emails desperately wanting to steal my attention away from the things that should be my priority; aka: Family or things on the todo list that require my action and focus. I have already turned them off and it has made a huge difference! My personality is to tackle a to-do list and that 101 staring me in the face is a to-do list in my mind. Special thanks to my good friend Dean Lisenby for this big productivity tip!

Don't Check Email if you don't have time to act on them
This one bites me. Why is it that we check email knowing good and well we don't have time to act on them. In 2015, I am going to work on the checking email several (designated) times throughout the day instead of all throughout the day. Did you catch the difference?

Help People Understand Email
There are so many people that email me that expect me to be eagerly awaiting their emails so I can respond ever so quickly. This is crazy by the way. If you need something in a timely manner, please don't email me and expect it back that way. Either come see me, discuss your issue at our next meeting, or text me. I do try to respond timely, but rest assured, my timely is probably different than yours.

Zero Inbox?
For the longest time, my inbox controlled me. No more! Before going home each day, my goal is to have 0 to 4 emails in my inbox. If emails are asking me to do something, they are entered on my todo list so I can control my action items better incorporate with all my other todo items. I then email the individual to let them know I have added it to my to-do list. Say it with me; "Your inbox is not your to-do list"

Sounds simple, but will require work for 2015!

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