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Neeraj Jain
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Re: Sustainable Email Strategy
Neeraj Jain   1/15/2014 12:09:44 AM
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Hello, I completly agree with your comment & the article. I myself does the same & found tremendous improvement in my productivity. Many times I found that - if we donot reply to a email immediately, some one else will reply & after that you donot even need to reply to that. (offcourse email should not be intended to you only)...

& I extensively improve my email filters so I can separate useful emails from all of the emails.

 

 

DrQuine
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Sustainable Email Strategy
DrQuine   1/10/2014 11:24:48 PM
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I believe that turning off email for blocks of time during the day is the most sustainable approach.  It provides period for accomplishing tasks that require concentration and thinking. At the same time, periodic access to email prevents a flood from building up that is not sustainable. Taking a vacation from email for a few days is great ... until you return to a thousand emails and are wedded to the computer screen for the next two days. The other critical approach is to seriously explore ways to reduce the email volume.  How many of the emails are under your control to stop? If they are not necessary, they should be unsubscribed. That frees up a little more bandwidth for the interesting email from readers and for the email that matters. All too often I hear about people with thousands of emails - and then discover they're being flooded with alerts and reports that they delete upon receipt (rather than blocking them at the source).

Charles.Desassure
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Interesting...
Charles.Desassure   1/10/2014 10:40:17 PM
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OK.  Either I am getting older or wiser.  But I believe that all of these recommendations as it relates to checking your emails and taking your work, home were presented in articles years ago when many people started using email like they now use text messages today.   Very interesting.  But I must admit, I am one who must check his email regularly...And yes, I do have a wonderful family and we do have regular sit down family dinner at night with the children (just like my parents use to do).  I think it has to do something with a word  "balance."

_hm
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Meditation may help
_hm   1/10/2014 9:59:23 PM
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@Max: Transcendental meditation for an hour a day may help you to maintain your speed and further enhancing quality of your work. Over long time, you may be more rejuvenated and again innovative.

 

selinz
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3x/day
selinz   1/10/2014 2:10:42 PM
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I check it first thing in the morning, right after lunch, and right before I go home.

That, IMHO, is often enough to be somewhat responsive but not so often that it's a distraction. The reason that is difficult is because I have a 12 year archive of email messages that needs to be referenced several times/day. This often causes a perturbation to my 3x rule...

Now, this would be a tough rule for people who basically do nothing but check their email all day ;-)

Crusty1
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Re: Oh, the anticipation...
Crusty1   1/10/2014 12:54:57 PM
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@Max, how about coming to EE Live! 2014 at the end of March?.

You must be joking after the artisans and builders have raided my pockets, I will be lucky to see EE Live 2018.

Garcia-Lasheras
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Re: Shut Down Your Email & Boost Your Productivity
Garcia-Lasheras   1/10/2014 12:43:31 PM
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I forwarded your blog to my chum Erik, a senior electronic engineer at CERN and he told me that he had already heard about checking email only three times a day in management courses. He had already disabled the pings and pop-ups for new emails, and he is now considering to be stronger and testing your new email policy too ;-)

About myself... I've just acquired my first smartphone, and the temptation of being continuosly connected is so strong for trying this -- shame on me!

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Oh, the anticipation...
Max The Magnificent   1/10/2014 11:17:37 AM
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@Sheetal.Pandey: But some people are just so addicted to checkng their emails that they even get stressed if they dont get many emails.

That's a good point -- what do you suggest for those folks?

Sheetal.Pandey
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Re: Oh, the anticipation...
Sheetal.Pandey   1/10/2014 11:15:32 AM
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But some people are just so addicted to checkng their emails that they even get stressed if they dont get many emails. Even on vacation they keep worrying on emails.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Shut Down Your Email & Boost Your Productivity
Max The Magnificent   1/10/2014 9:18:36 AM
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@DMcCunney: ...In computer terms, the reasons are simple...

Wow -- thanks for this -- I think your comment was longer than my original blog -- maybe next time you shoudl write the blog and I'll just comment on it LOL

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