Quick tip for the new year!
Ever get frustrated by the seemingly insurmountable amount of low relevancy emails you have acquired over the years? It all seems too much to combat?
I have heard said, that your inbox is a "to-do" list anyone can add to.
Given the way many of us work and manage our activities this is so true.
We have been trained to have pavlovian responses to email, misunderstanding the difference between the urgent and the important.
The time we blocked out on the calendar gets overridden by the all-powerful buzz on our phone or the ping of our laptop.
The habit that is created and up wrecking our productivity, few of us learn the correct way to use email or even our calendars.
Worse is we end up giving our email address or we get on lists and though we may not have planned to and our inbox becomes cluttered.
We lose the signal because of all the noise.
Compounding this for me the squirrel in my brain takes over and I waste 15 minutes on interesting but not always productive stuff.
So what can you do?
Each January for the last few years I just take a few seconds per email and instead of just deleting them I hit the unsubscribe button. By the end of the month, you will have made a huge difference to your inbox.
This difference has a noticeable difference in how I work, my inbox and my productivity, After a few years I feel like I have gone through a digital cleanse.
So there you go. Happy new year.
I hope this year is your most productive yet.
these are just the thoughts of someone who used to know more but now knows less...
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