Yesterday I alluded to how I tackle my holiday e-mail backlog. I have written about aspects of this before, but as with most productivity practices, it’s morphed a bit since then.
Step 1 – make a cup of peppermint tea.
Step 2 – sort inbox by sender. This gives me a remarkable degree of insight for step 3.
Step 3 – delete: ruthlessly, energetically, enthusiastically… if in doubt, you know what to do!
Steps 1 to 3 typically take 20 minutes after one week of holiday; and usually result in less than one-third of the original volume needing to be dealt with.
Step 4 – step away from the computer. Go and catch up with staff, colleagues.
Step 5 – perform ‘incoming’ triage (more info coming soon).
Step 6 – adopt ‘DON’T PANIC’ strategy, described here.