Bruce Lill September 29 2009 11:23:45 AMI was off-line for 10 days, so you can imagine the amount of emails that I came back to. This was a real test of eProductivity, I was able to go through my mail and clear my inbox in about 2 hours.
The first step was to go through each email and decide if it requires an action, used for reference or can be deleted. All emails that were of a reference nature, didn't require any actions, I filed in to a mail folder, reference db or project db.The emails that required an action I assigned to an action and set the date and priority as they pertained to me. Remember - your failure to plan does not make a crises for me. I was then able to go and do the actions based on due date and priority. This made it real easy to get caught up. Before I would have sequential gone through the emails and responded right then regardless of priority. Before eProductivity, it would then take me days and a feeling of being overwhelmed to get through it all.
You have to be ruthless on setting the priorities. I base it on how important is it to maintain my income. Anything that directly effects my paycheck is high, the rest get set lower. To handle all the personal emails regarding my health status were ignored. I sent one email pointing everyone to my Facebook page where I maintained my daily health status.
Now the next entry will be how it worked for the Redbook projects and for my Lotusphere 2010 abstract proposals.
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