Email is not evil

I don’t know why people keep saying email is evil. It’s not your enemy. Your inbox is not the devil. (Though you may find the devil there!) Email is what you make of it. If you use it for good, you will find that good returned to you.

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Hammers, Nails, and emails – Choose the Right Tool

Piñata Inbox Have you noticed an upswing in activity on your calendar this fall? It started with back to school and the final quarter before year end and now we are gearing up for the holiday season. Lots of activities and demands. With those increased activities come increased communications: invitations, appointments, request, informational copies and on and on. Your email inbox is a full piñata and with just the right swing it could burst into bits and pieces on the floor...

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inbox zero in one day

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature
but plunges him more deeply into them.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In this new year, will you let your inbox rule you? Or will you rule your inbox? It’s a new year, so why not start with a fresh new inbox? I’ll tell you why not, because you have hundreds of unread emails in your inbox. How can you possibly zero it out in a day? Even if you did, you’d be back to hundreds at week’s end.

Experience shows that the full inbox is used as a to-do list, a database, and an excuse. What the full inbox is not doing is helping you stay focused and productive. The to-do list option works for a while, until you have hundreds of emails and can not distinguish between the ‘to-do’ items, the ‘I don’t know what to do with this’ items, and the unread items. The fuller the inbox gets, the more stressed we become. The more stressed we become, the less productive we are and the fuller the inbox gets – from lack of processing.

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