I’ve posted about this a few times already. While the “12-steps” pokes a little fun, it’s unfortunately true.

A couple of my favorite snippets from the 12-steps:

Deal immediately with any e-mail that can be handled in two minutes or less but create a file for mails that will take longer.

Again with the files. And two minutes or less? Practically all of my e-mail can be dealt with in two minutes or less. The problem is that I’m checking it every two minutes or less.


Establish regular times to review your e-mail.

I already have regular times, they’re just a bit more regular than I would be considered sane. … C’mon, c’mon, I’ve e-mail to check

I find I am often much better off if I simply “forget” to open Thunderbird for parts of the day.

One Response to “Managing your Email”

  1. Mike Taylor ( Time Management Coach ) Says:

    If your getting email it is definitly a wise idea to manage it effectibely. It\’s very easy to waste a lot of time answering emails.

    The setup of creating a folder for emails that will take longer to answer is a very wise piece of advice