The following are points from a workshop held on problem solving at Encounter Bay Bowling Club on May 30, 2018.
Email inbox overload
- Unsubscribe from anything you genuinely don’t use
- Have a time limit on when and how much time you spend each day dealing with emails
- Flag the ones that require followup, file those you need to keep, delete those you don’t need and archive any others
- Check junk mail regularly so you don’t miss things
- Set up rules so the email system does the filing for you, including sending some to junk
- Don’t procrastinate – if can deal with matter immediately DO IT NOW
- Auto reply to buy you time, but also so people know it will be dealt with
- Don’t give your email out when shopping unless you’re really interested in joining a mailing list and getting yet another email. Tell people you don’t have one or it’s work only
- Flag emails in order of priority
- Address one box at a time
- Turn off pop ups & notifications to reduce distractions.
- Delete trash
- Ask for help to follow-up i.e. the phone calls