Inbox bootcamp Day 4: Pulling teeth and emails

I’m working from home today to take care of my husband – he just had some wisdom teeth removed that he should have had pulled ages ago. He kept putting it off – and of course, it just got worse. Well, email is like that too. If you ignore it, it’s just more painful when…


Inbox Boot camp Day 3: Turn critical mails into actions

Yesterday, we looked at cleaning out your Inbox with advanced rules. Today, we’ll see how you can manage the mails that are left. Have you ever looked at an email, and thought, oh, I have to DO something about this, but then another issue took priority (lunch?) and you forgot about it, only to have…


Inbox Boot camp Day 2: Advanced rules

In the post Boot camp Day1, I wrote about creating rules by starting with a message. Today I’ll look at the more powerful Outlook Rules wizard, which you can use to fine-tune existing rules and create rules with more options. One very helpful rule you can create this way moves all mails not directed specifically…


Inbox Bootcamp Day 1: Rules

I’ve posted a few times already about ways to manage your inbox. It’s been such a popular subject – with everyone – that I decided to run a series of posts I’m calling Inbox Bootcamp. Today we’ll start with one of the most powerful tools in your Inbox management arsenal: Rules. A surprising number of…

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A different view of your inbox

How messy is your inbox? Is it stuffed full of messages about projects long finished and donuts in the break room long ago eaten? And you don’t do anything about it until you get a message saying you’re over your limit and you won’t be able to send messages until you clean things up? You’re…


Delay that mail!

Just last week, I was clicking the Send button on an e-mail in Outlook when I thought to myself, (read this line in slo motion) “No, don’t send yet- I need to remove that person from the thread!” I had forgotten to remove some people from the thread, but it was too late – the…


E-mail on Your Schedule

What happens when you get an e-mail message? Do you drop everything to respond to it? Make this your year of saying NO to the lure of instant response email. I recently read a book called the Myth of Multitasking, by Dave Crenshaw. It follows a mythical (ha!) coach and his client to show how…


Quickly Clean Out Your Inbox

What’s your biggest workplace challenge?  Email, right?  (Okay, besides the co-worker who pops her gum while holding a loud conference call right next to you). I can get 100 emails in one day. I can get 100 emails in one morning! Some people get more. And they just give up trying to organize them. And search…


No more folder obsession

Many of us ‘live’ in our inboxes.  Some of us obsessively meticulously organize our mail using nested folders. This army of folders, lined up in perfect order, has served to separate our almost important mails from our very important mails on a plethora of projects.  Now I’m telling you that you can toss your system…

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