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Inbox vacation

Sunday November 19th, 2017, 8:54 pm

Inbox vacation

As the vacation season approaches, many of you will be faced with the perinial dilemma of whether or to put your inbox on vacation too.  This article reviews the pros and cons and of having an inbox vacation.  It looks at ways to pack (and unpack) your inbox properly so that you don’t drown in an email tsunami on your return.   It shows you how to have a really email free vacation, setting a safe Out of Office Message what to do if you feel you really must log-in whilst away.

Published in Executive Secretary Magazine March 2017

 

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How teachers cope with email overload and email stress

Sunday November 19th, 2017, 8:41 pm

An increasing source of stress for teachers is juggling with the pressures of email overload and lesson preparation.

Email overload

These facts were confirmed by a recent Mesmo Consultancy survey looking at the email culture of several leading UK independent schools.  Responses from over 300 academic and support staff identified three key issues: 

1.  The Instant Reply Syndrome (IRS) – the perception that fast response is required

2.  The volume of daily email requiring their attention

3.  How to prioritise their time – balancing being responsive to email with teaching duties

This article provides some email best practice solutions which work both in schools and business. Click here for more.

It was first published in Independent Education Today in July 2017

Here is what one client said after working with them.

I enjoy reading your blogs and you have definitely made a difference to so many people with keeping the email at bay.

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At the mercy of your inbox? How to cope with email overload

Friday November 17th, 2017, 10:04 pm

Email is over 30 years old and hasn’t changed that much since its inception. But over the years we have been letting it take over our lives. It started out as a basic electronic messaging system, and we now use it to communicate everything – from the simplest to the most complex messages.  This blog reviews some of different approaches to managing email overload and their pros and cons, including inbox zero and the goldfish techniques.

Published in The Guardian November 2017

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Avoid the Goldfish Syndrome – don’t be distracted by email

Friday November 17th, 2017, 9:47 pm

Goldfish syndrome

Who has a better attention span, you or a goldfish? Recent research has found that thanks to constant digital interruption our ability to focus has now been reduced to less than that of a goldfish.

Goldfish have an attention span of about nine seconds. Since the turn of the century ours has been reduced from about 12 seconds to eight. Why? Because we allow ourselves to be distracted by new emails and social media alerts. Top tips on how to improve productivity and performance by not being distracted by new emails etc.

Published in Executive Secretary Magazine July 2017

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Managing email attachments to save time

Friday November 17th, 2017, 9:37 pm

Attachment overload

Email attachments can be the bain of people’s lives. Have you ever sent an email only to receive the response ‘where is the attachment?’ It’s so frustrating – especially when the email goes to ten or more people and they all respond this way! Yet more time wasted.

Many organisations still work with mailbox limits, which can give rise to the stressful situation when your mailbox is full, and you can neither send nor receive emails until you downsize it.

This article provides top tips for managing email attachments in order to save time and reduce business email overload.

Published in Executive Secretary Magazine September 2017

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