Email tutorial needed.
March 7, 2010 10:01 PM Subscribe
What are your strategies for staying on top of your email?
posted by ms.codex to computers & internet (24 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Like a lot of other students and workers I get a ton of email every day, much of it pertaining to minor administrative tasks that are my responsibility. I tend to read through things very quickly as they come in. If something requires a bit of thought or a more detailed response, often I don't respond right away. As a result, if it moves too far down the list, sometimes I forget to respond; other times I insist on handling it right away and then it takes me AGES to respond to my email. Sometimes I obsess about wording; sometimes I force myself to just hit 'send' only to realize that there were gross infelicities or typos or errors. I'm a grad student, but I can easily lose hours every day just responding to or procrastinating about email. I've developed some bad anxieties and avoidance tendencies, particularly when it concerns weightier or more time-sensitive email tasks.
So, my questions for you are: how do you maximize your email efficiency? How do you organize email-reading and email-responding, and how do you keep it from colonizing your other work time? How do you keep track of emails that still require responses? (I use gmail, by the way.) How do you avoid avoidance?