Email Management Best Practices
Click To TweetSmart email management best practices are required by every business leader of the modern era. After two decades of learning the hard way, we are finally at a point where we have a good set of simple rules for managing the beast that is electronic communication.
- Set a specific time for email reading.
- Limit the number of times you check or automatically receive email.
- Turn off electronic alerts.
- When in doubt, pick up the phone.
Click To TweetElectronic alerts might be one of the most time stealing and attention breaking tools ever invented. Avoid such alters whenever you can. An effective habit for changing the behavior of those with overuse of email is to pick up the phone and call the emailer instead of responding via electronic means. A brief and polite comment that you prefer phone calls for certain types of communication can be very effective. Set your expectations or others will set them for you. The Breviary: A helpful article with facts on how emails wreck productivity can be found here. Learn to set boundaries so others do not set them for you. Electronic communication is an excellent tool when managed well. Take steps to limit such communication to improve your leadership strategy. Blog image compliments of © Marek Uliasz | Dreamstime.com – Information overload concept