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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  1. Beqline

     /  November 19, 2008

    The baby boomers contained lots and lots of English Majors who could learn science and Engineers who took pride in their English. The gen Xer and Yers have brought the concept of Time into play and added a big “hurry up” to every aspect of our lives. And what is next?
    I’m not sure, but I wonder if skills formerly required to structure communication, network with teams, and energize everyone involved will survive.

    The media faithfully documents us; Republicans, Democrats, and ever more Independents. The result we could call a documentary of America. It shows that those of us in North America are a bunch of pouty kids who lost track of being ‘grown ups’, real issues being out of sight and mind.

    So it goes back to reading and writing. Not that there are a lot of English Majors learning science or Engineers who can read and write. That group stays out of the way right now, when we are pushed and pulled too fast. We can now congratulate ourselves for taking on the risks of free market economics. And we are seeing the downside come into play all around us. We are going too fast. We are not paying attention. And we now have a fractured political machine, a byproduct of todays’ Republicans and Democrats who are without real agenda and absent foresight going at breakneck speed. No English, no science, and especially no mission..

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