How did you spend the holiday period? Were you deluged with emails on your return to work? I spent my time de-cluttering, not just my inbox but paper files, desk drawers, cupboards, you name it. It’s amazing that I am still here! There was also time to reflect on priorities and how best to manage my time and resources in 2014. At the end of 2013 the #HBRogues introduced me to ‘Quiet‘ by Susan Cain. A book on how naturally quiet people operate very successfully in the very noisy world in which we live. Being a noisy person this gave me much food for thought. What if I were a little quieter? How does one create space for others to talk? Reading ‘Quiet’ prompted me re-visit ‘In Praise of Slow‘ by Carl Honore. Both have helped me formulate some work related new years resolutions which will also hopefully spill over in to my private life. Here are my five new years resolutions.
Dare to share – what is your number one new year’s resolution?
2012 saw the volume for email traffic rise by at least 10% and certainly my inbox is starting to bulge again. Email overload is rising (and hence email stress its direct descendant). Do I declare inbox bankruptcy like so many before me. The only trouble is that unlike a bank there is no bale out if I lose a valuable email. Yesterday I spent four hours clearing out my sent items and lots of old folders. It felt just like clearing out the wardrobe of all those old clothes which one hangs onto just in case either they come back into fashion or you lose some weight so once more you can get into those skinny fit jeans!
In the case of the inbox it was old projects and possible joint ventures which had long since past their sell by date.
As a result here are my top tips and indeed my own goals for limiting the effects of email overload and email induced stress.
What are your goals and plans for 2013 to help you save time and unchain yourself from the inbox?
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Its great to see so many people working to fight this new business disease ‘information/email overload’ which is draining our productivity. Jonathan Spira at Basex estimates that this disease is now costing US business at least $997 billion per year. For more and to see his new year’s resolutions see http://bit.ly/hq9FkO.
What are you doing to help stop the email overload pandemic spreading?
Email overload really does take its toll on individual’s and business’s productivity. For a reality check use my Cost of Email Misuse Calculator. It’s not just the quantifiable lost time and money, it is also the hidden costs such as the distortion of the work-life balance, stress and higher carbon foot print. See earlier blogs.
With this in mind here are my New Year’s resolutions to help me be a little more productive and less addicted to my email.
Being cited as an expert and the Emaildoctor on Twitter everyone expects that I will have it sussed, but there is an element of being both the tailor’s daughter and the worst patient. These are my personal goals for 2011 to contribute towards reducing the email overload that confronts us all.
What are your new year’s resolutions to help the fight against email overload and its drain on personal and business productivity?
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