Prioritize Your Email!

Last night I had the honor of moderating a teleseminar with my friend Randy Dean “The Totally Obsessed Time Management Guy and E-mail Sanity Expert.” The teleseminar was sponsored by the National Speakers Association. The two hours flew by and Randy shared many tips and suggestions. One of my take-aways is the idea of eliminating e-mail “blinging.” Randy describes “Blinging” as the habit of reading every e-mail as it pops into your incoming mailbox and sends an audio “bling.”
Let’s face it, most of us can’t wait to open the latest email and see what we got. Sure it could be a very important client or inquiry, but often it’s a communication that could wait, or a joke or cartoon.  From my learnings last night, I am going to check my (professional) e-mail only four times per day. I will begin my day by checking my incoming e-mail, again about one hour before lunch, about 2:00 PM and again about 6:00 PM. That’s it. It’s a matter of priorities!
Two other points I am implementing are to try to keep my e-mail in-box at what Randy calls “E-mail Zero” and I am setting up three separate e-mail accounts. If you want to know what the three separate accounts are, check out Randy’s website. Thanks Randy!
If you want to Be Your Own Chief Performance Officer, you need to manage your life…and your e-mail.
In e-mail, as in life…you “Don’t Just Do It!”

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Plan Tomorrow

Yesterday is gone, today is quickly fading. Here’s the question: What are you going to be tomorrow? Focus on your priorities and make a plan to use every minute wisely.
Notice I asked what you were going to BE? Not Do. Doing is an action, being is your purpose. As you BYOCPO, you will find the process gets easier as you define what it means to be prosperous. Not prosperous in others eyes, but only in your eyes. Forget about all the external inputs and opinions. How do you define “your prosperity”?
Only after you deside what and who you want to be can you truly plan your tomorrow. Don’t plan what you are going to do…plan what you’re going to BE!
Life is too important…Don’t Just Do It!