Tuesday May 9th, 2017, 6:08 pm
Day 2 – Keeping the Inbox Clean
There is a huge stress (associated) with disorganisation and there is also a cost to being disorganised. Carolee Cannata
Mental health issues are often exacerbated by stress at work. Email overload is a major source of stress. The real work of reducing email overload starts today. Having cleared out all the old emails, the goal is keep the inbox clean. Develop the habit of handling each email once and only once. This will help you reduce the email related stress and improve your well-being and mental health.
Step 1 – Handle each (new) email once and do something with it
Use the Ds principle as you open each email:
Never, never open an email and then close it without taking action. This just wastes time as you then go back and forth re-reading emails.
Step 2 – Develop a robust strategy for deferred emails
Develop a process for you for making sure you keep tabs on those emails which still need action. For example, create a task, add a flag, move them to a ‘Pending’ folder. What ever happens don’t just leave them lying around in your inbox.
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Tomorrow we look at how to reduce the volume of email traffic through your inbox.
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