Why is email so crazy? And what can we do?
Have you ever wondered why it feels like email is running your life, interrupting everything you do, and ruining your day?
Well, here are six reasons your email is driving you crazy:
- You deal with people who think email is the same as instant messaging. You know the type – they send an email, and then send four additional emails in a hour wondering why you haven’t responded to the first one.
- You deal with people who don’t know the difference between hitting reply and hitting reply all. So you get everyone’s responses to someone else’s question.
- You have your computer or phone set to allow email to push through to you on a regular basis. So you are interrupted by every popup, beep, buzz signaling an incoming message.
- You have 15,000 emails in your inbox and 5000 are marked unread. And you really think you are going to do something with them!
- You subscribe to various newsletters or industry reports, which you really want to read, but you don’t have a sorting rule to divert them into their own folder. So, they are cluttering up your inbox, mixed in with action items and all the other messages.
- You are unwilling to delete messages once you are done with them, because you might need to refer back to them later.
All of this adds up to an overwhelming amount of email – 80% of which is not important to your daily work (really). I read recently that the average business person is receiving the equivalent of a 250 page book in email every single day. Yikes!
But it is not hopeless. This is something you actually can control!
All you need is a simple process for your email, and then, of course – you need to follow it…
(c) 2011, Terry Monaghan
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