In our previous post, we shared how to use The Belief Matrix to uproot old habits and actions to transform your life, from the inside out. Mere “behavior management” is not enough when it comes to creating lasting improvement…
One area you probably want to improve is the use of email!
Let’s face it. Email isn’t slowing down…
As a successful leader, you understand the tension between productivity and responsiveness when it comes to email.
The problem is email has a way of multiplying 24 hours per day, which can really feel defeating when you’re trying to live a balanced life.
We get it. In fact, that’s precisely why we teach our proven Email Thrive Strategy to leaders, like you, in The R3 Coaching Program!
To get started, here are a few helpful suggestions that can help you focus your time, as you begin to thrive at work and at home:
4 Decisions to improve your email life:
Decision 1: Turn off all email notifications
Yes, this includes alerts, chimes, and popups from your desktop and mobile devices. Sound crazy? Hang with me here. Psychologists have studied the negative impact of these sirens, as they create a distracting compulsion to read our email, even if it isn’t an important message. Disable these features on your desktop or mobile device, to put an end to distraction and begin to live “focused and free.”
Decision 2: Check email on your terms
We encourage you to open and review your email at proactive times (pre-scheduled, between projects, etc) that work well for you. If your role calls for immediate responsiveness, consider having a co-worker or team member “cover for you” while you deep-dive in key projects.
Decision 3: Develop an unsubscribe strategy
Is your inbox flooded with unnecessary marketing messages and product promotions? Consider running an automatic email filter using the word “unsubscribe” and automatically sorting messages containing this word into a new folder labeled “promotions.” From there, you’ll be able to throw yourself an “unsubscribe party” as you ruthlessly eliminate your name from advertising lists, all at one time.
As an added bonus, your inbox will begin filtering itself automatically, and fewer of those pesky marketing messages will be able to distract you. (Plus, if you really do want to receive updates from Groupon, Office Depot, or other fine retailers, you’ll know exactly which folder to go looking for them!)
Decision 4: Create your own “Email Best Practices” (FREE worksheet)
Ready to take your use of email to the next level of effectiveness and efficiency? This FREE resource will help you: Email Best Practices Worksheet. (download below)
At R3 Coaching, we go further, helping you develop a robust strategy to manage your email, overcome overload, and begin to thrive at work AND at home. As a good start, consider these four simple decisions as you begin to thrive in your email life, today!
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