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Death by Email

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I have a process for work email that used to work fairly well.

I like my Inbox to be an Inbox…….not a Stay There For a Long Time Box.

An email comes in…..

  • I skim through it.
  • If the email requires nothing from me and I don’t need it for future reference, I delete it.
  • If it requires a response or a quick action that takes less than 1 minute of my time, I go ahead and do it immediately.
  • If it requires a response or action from me that takes longer than 1 minute, I copy it into a Task for me to work on at a future time.
  • If it doesn’t require action from me, but I could need the email for future reference I move it into an archive folder.

Unfortunately, that process isn’t working anymore.

I am drowning in email.

I have to try something different. Maybe set aside certain times of the day to process email.

Anyone else drowning in email? Any suggestions?

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Written by Aaron

April 16, 2008 at 10:33 am

Posted in Business, Random, Technology

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Focus

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Ran across this quote from Steve Jobs of Apple…..

“Apple is a $30 billion company, yet we’ve got less than 30 major products. I don’t know if that’s ever been done before. Certainly the great consumer electronics companies of the past had thousands of products. We tend to focus much more. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

There is power in the ability to focus.

  • Any projects in your organization at work that someone should say ‘No’ to?
  • Any tasks or meetings in your daily schedule that you should say ‘No’ to?
  • Any chores or activities in your household that you should say ‘No’ to?
  • Anything in your family budget that you should say ‘No’ to?
  • Any ministries that your church should say ‘No’ to?

Not because they are bad, but because they are good…..and they are preventing you from focusing and doing something great.

Written by Aaron

April 1, 2008 at 8:17 am

The Best of Lifehacker

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Lifehacker is one of most popular blogs on the internet, so many of you are already familiar with its awesomeness.

Lifehacker took a lot of the great tips and tricks from the blog and put them in a book called Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better.

They posted a great post today that provides a bunch of links to the same info that makes up the book…….

The Best of Lifehacker in Upgrade Your Life

Written by Aaron

March 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm