Wrassling (wrestling) with your email... week 1

Wrassling (wrestling) with your email... week 1

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I had great plans of writing this post last week but as many of you know the reentry into work after a break and take some adjustment. This year I am really keen to stop my codependence on email and not spend so much of my time responding to it. It makes me want to cry! 

Limit the how often you check your email

One of the best posts on dealing with email is by Australian academic by Dr Jason Downs. It talks about treating email like other mail. It has some great tips like: 

  • Batching email
  • Sending the least amount as possible
  • Reading and responding when you have the headspace and time 
  • Checking email once a day

I fall victim to email business, checking too often and thus letting email be a distraction. If you want to  stop wrassling with your email The Sweet Setup has a cheatsheat that guides you through the process of setting up your email so it is easier to manage. 

Calm in box 

Another Australian academic Dr Narelle Lemon has the most wonderful signature tagline on her emails: 

 I will not be ruled by my email inbox. 

I will not be ruled by my email inbox. 

This is a calm in box: checked once in the AM and once in the PM.

I love the idea of a calm inbox. 

Finally, my friend at Ruth Baxter at University of Melbourne has adopted a five sentence rule. She has been using it for years. I am always impressed by how succinct, effective and short they are. 

 Try adopting a policy where you keep your emails short and sweet.  http://five.sentenc.es/

Try adopting a policy where you keep your emails short and sweet. http://five.sentenc.es/

If you have any tips for managing your email. I love to hear them. Tweet them out #emailwrestle or leave a comment. Ngā mihi o the tau hoa (happy new year). Oh I have discovered Bitmojis! Kawaii (cute) personal emoji! 

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