As I’ve been transitioning from one email system at my old institution to another at the new–to say nothing of doing my daily juggle of my personal email accounts–I’ve been reflecting on some good advice I’ve read in the past about handling email effectively.
- Perhaps the phrase that has most stuck in my head about email is to just “touch it once,” something that Paul English writes about. I’m not quite there yet, but endeavoring to only read each email once has changed how I work.
- Of course, the end product of one-touch email is that you’ll end up with the state of Nirvana known as “Inbox Zero.” Merlin Mann’s tips for email–as well as just getting your stuff done–at his 43 Folders should be required reading for every Prof. Hacker (provided you’ve finished what matters most already).
How do you handle email effectively?
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