10 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

thirty minutes a day

thirty minutes a day

If you restricted checking, writing and responding to emails to just thirty minutes a day…

Only two and a half hours of your working week would be taken up with email. That’s just 6% of your Monday to Friday hammering the keyboard to clear your way through the modern equivalent of the paper memo stack.

A five-day-week work habit turns into a mere 122 and a half hours a year hunched over a keyboard, smacking keys to continue ever lengthening threads of notes from your colleagues.

That’s only three entire weeks of your business year typing to avoid picking up the phone and calling someone. Possibly even lifting cheeks off seats and walking over to the people for whom a quick conversation would avoid the need to type out an explanation and a request.

But you don’t spend just thirty minutes a day on email, do you?

(feel free to remove the term ‘email’ and insert Facebook, Twitter or the name of your favorite social media cocaine instead)

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18 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

death by email

death by email

Email… it’ll kill you if you let it. The points in this video may sound extreme, however they are entirely practical and realistic.

If you find yourself about to write an email…

1. Phone the person or, even better, visit the person.
2. If you absolutely have to email: use facts only. No emotion or opinion.
3. Someone sends you an email, reply in person not by email.
4. No cc:’s

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