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Clean Inbox for the festive season

Posted Monday December 12th, 2016, 9:27 pm by

Five quick ways to clean and de-clutter your inbox

Clean Inbox

  1. Move all emails over two weeks old to a folder outside your inbox. Basically anything that old is well past its sell-by date. If it isn’t you can be sure that the sender will re-contact you.
  2. Start the folder name with full stop and it will sit at the top of the folder list. Alternatively for Outlook users, you can add it to your Favorites.
  3. Review what is left and decide what else to move out and what still needs action. Use the Conversation view/Sort by Subject/Sender etc to sort.
  4. Set aside time each day to action any emails which really, really warrant your attention.
  5. Move all the rest out to the folder created in Step 1.

By now you should have a relatively clean inbox. If not – simply declare Email Bankruptcy.

Switch off, take a break and enjoy your email digital detox.

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Articles and Blogs of Note – September 2016

Posted Wednesday September 7th, 2016, 6:23 pm by

Digital detoxing dominated the summer headlines as not just the Millennial generation tried it to recover from lack of sex and poor personal relations.  Meanwhile, Hilary Clinton’s public profile continued to suffer from the fall-out from using her personal email account for State business. Not quite email, but take a look at the self-assessment on how robust are your social media posts.

Last but not least there is still time to listen to Monica’s email best practice Q&A session on the Sasha Twining show on BBC Radio Solent.  It’s about 2hrs 09 minutes into the whole programme.  Typewritter

1. Digital detox the business imperative.   Despite it being related to summer vacations, there are some very important messages around taking a digital detox even if only for a few hours.  We still spend far too much time with our heads in our mobile devices and not enough seeing and listening properly to the here and now. This is a summary of some of the key articles.

2. How to avoid email overload and enjoy a digital detox. If you have not yet had a break, here are top tips on how to reduce the holiday email overload and enjoy a digital detox.

3. Should I hit Reply All – No.  The New York Times devoted nearly half a page to the one word response to a reader’s question about hitting Reply All. That sums up how important the word ‘No’ can be.

4. Cash for favours, emails turn heat up on Clinton. Clinton’s use of a private email server for US Government business continues to dog her Presidential campaign. We’ve think before hitting send. What does this email say about me. What if it fell into the wrong hands. Few of us will make it to such a position of high office but even so emails we wish we had never sent have a habit of coming back to haunt us just as Hilary Clinton is finding out.

5. How safe are your social media posts? A very useful self-assessment exercise to help protect your your professional reputation.

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Pick up the phone, pay the tab

Posted Tuesday February 2nd, 2016, 7:06 pm by

A winning way to stop people checking their phone when out for a meal.  Letter to Tyler Brule editor-in-chief of Monocle Magazine. Financial Times 25 September 2015

 

 

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Articles of note – August 2015

Posted Monday August 3rd, 2015, 4:28 pm by

Not surprisingly most articles which have caught our attention relate to the challenge of whether or not to disconnect whilst on holiday.  Here are a few which should give you food for thought about why and how to go for an email detox and disconnect.

And  just in case you are careless with your Out of Office message.

  • Cyber insecurity: when 95% isn’t good enough.  This reinforces the fact that the weakest link in the battle against cyber crime is us the human being.  More often than not a breach of security begins with an email and our careless email behavior.

So before you take your vacation, be sure to set a safe and simple Out of Office message which discloses as little information as possible.  Then switch off and have a proper break to re-charge the batteries.

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Will You have an email detox this vacation?

Posted Friday July 17th, 2015, 10:29 am by

This time of year sparks the age old debate about whether you should or shouldn’t stay connected to email when on leave. Recent studies have confirmed that email is the biggest drain on business people’s performance. So when it comes to holidays, those concerned with their own well being or that of their employees – should shout ‘Get a life’, disconnect as we all need time to discharge and recharge our batteries properly.

Last year Daimler introduced an email programme which automatically deletes all employees’ emails whilst they are on leave. Digital detox holidays are now on offer. When you arrive at your hotel you can elect to have all Wi-Fi connections disconnected.  In the USA some psychiatrists have now suggested that internet addiction should be treated as a psychiatric disorder.

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Technology alone will not cure email overload despite some software providers claims. The real cure lies in changing our email behaviour. It is about re-thinking how we use email and curing what has become the hidden disease of 21st century working life – email addiction. It’s about learning how to use and manage our time and accept that it is OK to disconnect.

Even without such support, we can all self-impose other strategies including an email black-out.  This  will help while we are away  and when we come back from leave.  The benefit of your time away from the office it is vital to learn to how to wean yourself off your email/internet fix. If you can stop logging on or taking calls, you will relax more quickly and your friends and family will appreciate your undivided attention. You and they are worth it!

If you find it hard to disconnect then at least limit the distractions.

  1. Switch of all you email feeds and at the very least the office one.  Remember we are all dispensable at the end  of the day!
  2. Only log on once/twice a day and preferably at the end of the day – so you don’t ruin everyone else’s day.   Alternatively wait until the last day. Reward yourself for every day you do not log in.

 

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