Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Feeling overwhelmed by your e-mail? Join the crowd - and read about ways that other people are coping.
1. Advice from Julie Morgenstern and many more, including Gina Trapani: Wait an hour before checking your e-mail in the morning; pick one task to accomplish before reading e-mail.
B.L Ochman also follows this advice - and has taken more steps to manage 700+ e-mail messages a day.
2. Advice from Merlin Mann: Delete, delete, delete. "Do you keep emails in your inbox for weeks or months even though you know in your heart of hearts that you have no intention of ever responding to them?"
3. Advice from Mike Davidson: Limit e-mail replies to five sentences.
4. Encourage people to stop sending you jokes and such. Tell them, "Thanks. No."
5. If things have gotten really out of control, declare e-mail bankruptcy. Lawrence Lessig declared his e-mail bankruptcy in 2004, and others have done the same, declaring that they simply will never be able to reply to their backlog of messages.
6. In response, others have written guidelines for processing e-mail so you can avoid e-mail bankruptcy.
[Illustration from You've Got Mail web site]