Clean Out Your Inbox Week 2012 – Day 5 Keep email addiction in check
Friday – Staying Healthy – Keeping Your Email Addiction Under Control
By now we hope you have a very slim and healthy inbox. The trick now is to keep it in good shape. Email addiction is one of the major causes of email overload. It’s the feeling that you must constantly check your inbox no matter where you are, what you are doing or what time of day it is. Recent survey suggests many of us check email in bed – first and last thing at night on our smart phones.
So let’s see if the email management treatment is working and you are now in control of your inbox and your inbox is heading to zero. After four days here’s what you need to do on the final day of Clean Out Your Inbox Week.
Step 1 – Reweigh your inbox
Share how many emails are still left in it (excluding those which arrived today).
+ Post responses/comments on this blog
+ Tweet the size of your inbox using the #emptyinbox is (eg #emptyinbox has 40 emails left in it)
Make sure you can control your email addiction. Identify where are your strengths and weaknesses and seek advice about how use your strengths to over come the weaknesses.
Step 3 – Review your action plan and goals and tell us how you fared
What were the high and lows of the week and how did you work around them? What aspects of our email management techniques helped you the most?
The last free copy of ‘Brilliant Email’ is for the cleanest inbox and the person who made the best progress. Email your responses to me.
Step 4 – Contact us if either you or colleagues need some more help
Look back to Day 1 and how much time you were losing. Chances are most of your colleagues are losing just as much time. If you and your colleagues would like some more help why not ask us in to run one of our Brilliant Email Master Classes or buy some copies of ‘Brilliant Email’. (‘Brilliant Email’ can be purchased from any bookshop.)
Thank you to everyone who has participated in this the 5th international Clean Out Your Inbox Week. I hope you now have a slim inbox and had fun and saved yourself some time. Hopefully now you feel you are driving your inbox rather than letting it drive you and your day.
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