Top tips from Mesmo Consultancy (and Associates) on how to save time and improve business and personal performance by ‘Taking Control of your Inbox’ and using proper business email etiquette.
Ipads can be very destructive seductive travel companion, seducing you to check your email every few minutes and playing computer games like Candy Crush. Books on the other hand are soothing and make instructive travel companions. Here are a couple which have recently traveled with us to clients.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life by Arianna Huffington. Arianna Huffington’s own take on how to be successful and maintain a sound work-life balance. In essence peruse your own dreams and balance the cost of power to your personal well being. Although one does wonder if she followed her own advice would she have been so successful.
Faldo/Norman: The 1996 Masters – A Duel that Defined and Era by Andy Farrell. A must for any golf addict. I remember watching this dual unfold and being gripped by it. If demonstrates yet again what a phenomenal golfer Faldo was in his time. Also how fragile we all are under stress. And how golf above many sports is a game of both skill and mental psychic.
Privacy continues as a dominate theme. Here are four thought provoking articles which yet again highlight the need to be judicious about what we post on social media sites and alike. The first is my top pick – not just the month but possible the year.
Millennials are growing up with very different ideas about privacy and information security than those of us who actually built the digital world we now live in. The question is what is best practice?
Although this article has a US slant much will ring bells for us in the UK and especially the use of social media and the interact to research potential job applicants.
Health tech will boom but privacy effects may be ‘pernicious’. Oh, and ‘we will all have cyberservants’.
As you would expect from Nancy Flynn, head of the e-policy institute this is a very well written article on the pros and cons of such actions.
Whilst Sheryl Sandberg in ‘Lean In’ urges us to work full on, others such as Arianna Huffington have recognised the effect lack of sleep can have on ones well being, creativity and overall productivity – see ‘Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life’. If billionaire’s with all the support they need are struggling what hope is there for us mere mortals? France and Germany are attempting to address the situation by passing a law prohibiting managers sending employers work emails after 6.00 pm.
Yet in the 24x7x365 many feel they must remain connected at all times, a fact highlighted at several recent Smart Email Management workshops we have run over the last few weeks. Many feel that their clients expect them to be available and respond to emails no matter what time of day. But do they? Is this more about either a perception that they are the only ones who can deal with the situation whatever that might be or a chronic case of email addiction.
My personal opinion is that it is a combination of both which is damaging to ones work performance and personal life and not least your sex life. We all need a certain amount of privacy and down time. Here are my five top tips to improve the quality of both ones sleep and hence performance (at work and home) by switching off from email.
It’s interesting that research we conducted revealed that it is generally internal senders who expect the quickest reply. It is probably these internal senders who also are driving up the 24x7x365 culture and not the clients themselves.
What is your opinion? Do you ever disconnect from email for more than three hours? If so, what is the impact on you and your business?
If either you or your colleagues need help with email addiction please call us to help how we have helped others reduce their email addiction and improve their performance and work-life balance.
We are still working our way through the ones on the March list. Although another three have been added:
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang. A delightful story about how the grass is always greener on the other side. It also has undertones of George Orwell’s 1984.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Oh! If only the younger generation could write so eloquently and precisely. (However this is not a book to read if you are feeling down. Instead read the first book.)
The Golfer’s Mind by Bob Rotella. It’s that time of year to do some work on downsizing the handicap.
What is on your reading list?
Here are our top five articles of note related to email best practice (from tackling email overload to email security).
What did we miss? What was you article of note from the last few weeks?