I wanted to share a very interesting and proven technique used today by some of our major IT leaders on handling email.
I was speaking at a conference a year or so and met up with a leader at a very large software company here in the Seattle Washington area. This leader told me that every Friday by end of day, he addresses every email he has in his inbox before the end of the day. So going into the weekend, he has zero email in his Inbox. He as no folders, does not keep his sent mail and if there is something that he can’t get too, he simply adds it as meeting item on his work calendar and makes time to address the particular email. Something he needs to research or simply does not have the time to address at that time.
What an amazing concept? He literally has no emails when he leaves the day on Friday. He will watch his email over the weekend on his phone, and as he goes into the work week on Monday, he is basically back to normal processing the x amount of email he gets every day.
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine being in a position to not have to save email or defend what you have sent? This is just amazing and 100% true story that I thought you would like.
I love your work Tim, have all your books, actually, have multiple copies..
One of your biggest fans…
Bill Dow, PMP