Joe Robens posted something quite a while ago outlining how he uses email. I’m always a fan of these posts because it gives me an insight into how serious operators (like Joe) manage the flow of opportunities, collaboration and ‘stuff’ through their lives. I’m a fairly big fan of the GTD methodology myself and have worked hard over the last few years to get better and better at managing my inbox, but I must admit at times it gets away from me. This past 2 weeks has been no different.
Things at Yammer have been heating up as we approach our Yammer On Tour events, as well as a number of awesome things happening with our clients. I also took a few days out to watch Rose swim to Rottnest Island. All of that is a recipe for an overflowing inbox. My personal inbox is in a state of disrepair at the moment – something i’ll need to fix this weekend.
So, reading Joe’s advice I’ve taken a few extra little hints with me to manage the inflow. Here’s a few things I’m going to try.
1) First up, i’ll be removing _every_ notification message I can from my stream and placing it in a label. I’ve tried doing this before, but to no avail. I’ll go through my inbox today and try to remove the things I like to read, but add noise, into another place.
2) I really love the idea Joe raises of moving any message I’m CC’ed on into another label. This makes sense as he outlines it, but I wonder how many times people would email me with a CC and still be expecting a reply? It can’t hurt to give it a try. If you need a response from me, address your email TO me.
3) Likewise, If I need a response from someone I’ll now be placing their name in the ‘TO’ box.
That’s it really. What did you think of Joe’s post? How do you use email?