Want to better manage your e-mail? Become less distracted? Increase focus and productivity?
So do I.
In The Tyranny of E-Mail, John Freeman suggests ten ways to cut down on e-mail’s pervasive influence:
- Don’t send
- Don’t check it first thing in the morning or late at night
- Check it twice daily
- Keep a written to-do list and incorporate e-mail into it
- Give good e-mail
- Read the entire incoming e-mail before replying
- Do not debate complex or sensitive matters by e-mail
- If you have to work as a group by e-mail, meet your correspondents face-to-face
- Set up your desk to do something else besides e-mail
- Schedule media-free time every day
Also, adopt the e-mail charter.
You can thank me later for helping you become less distracted and focus on the things that matter.