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Work Smarter, Rule Your Email

Work Smarter, Rule Your Email

Автором Alexandra Samuel

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Work Smarter, Rule Your Email

Автором Alexandra Samuel

Длина:
66 pages
57 minutes
Издано:
Feb 4, 2014
ISBN:
9781422195154
Формат:
Книге

Описание

If you’re looking for a way to more effectively manage your inbox, your email program’s built-in filtering tools can do a lot of the heavy liftingand this short book by social media expert Alexandra Samuel shows you how to set them up. Samuel walks you through tools and tips for:

Using your email program’s filing and rules capabilities to allow you to focus on the messages that matter most right away while automatically storing others you want to read and respond to later
Creating a daily process for checking your email that works for youand eliminates the temptation to respond to every message as it comes in
Working through a backlog of messages that have already accumulated.

By reducing the amount of time you spend on email, you’ll be able to focus your time and attention on the work that matters most to you.

The book also includes a 30-minute quick guide to setting up your first email filter, getting you on your way to a cleaner, more manageable inbox.

Interested in learning more about how social media can help you get ahead of your daily workand get ahead in your career? Look for more in this series of short, digital books from Harvard Business Review Press and social media expert Alexandra Samuel. Other installments provide the best tips and tricks for using tools like Evernote, Twitter, HootSuite, and Gmail to get organized and improve your performance on the job.
Издано:
Feb 4, 2014
ISBN:
9781422195154
Формат:
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Introduction

This book is for people who get too much email, which is a bit like saying, This book is for people who have email. All too often, email feels like more of a hindrance to productivity than an effective communication tool. It’s hard to think of a technology that is so widely used and yet also so widely resented. As a recent Vision Critical study found, more than 75 percent of workplace email users think of email as hostile, boring, and a waste of time, while less than 25 percent see it as friendly, interesting, manageable, necessary, valuable, important, or useful.

But email can be a useful, valuable, and manageable part of your work life—once you set up your email system to allow you to focus your attention on what matters most. Having an effective email system doesn’t mean finding a way to reply to every message. Instead, it’s about being able to efficiently and effectively complete your most important and valuable work—which often gets squeezed or sidelined by the pressure to read and respond to each incoming message.

That’s why an effective email system begins with a decision to be selective about which messages you will actually address or even see. Many of us are already making decisions about what to answer and what to ignore; we’re just making those decisions inconsistently or haphazardly, depending on what catches our eye or how much time we have on a given day. And if we are addressing every single incoming message, it’s often with an implicit or unconscious decision to prioritize our gold-star standing as an email correspondent over working on tasks that are more urgent, projects that are more important, and personal activities that are more

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