The new calendar year is a great time to think about how you manage your personal and work/organizational email accounts. I know that I benefit from the opportunity to purge or rotate out some old folders, delete large attachments just sitting around taking up space, and think about how well my setup is working for me in my daily workflow.
There are a lot of different strategies out there and each person has to find what works best for them. Here are a few queries that might help you think about how well your strategy is working for you:
- Are you able to work through your e-mail inbox in a reasonable amount of time every day, respond to or delegate time-sensitive questions/comments, convert messages into to-do items, or otherwise file them away on the first pass through?
- Do you make good use of e-mail filters available in your mail reading program to highlight/tag/sort messages in ways that make you more productive? Continue reading "Queries for good email management strategies"