Email overload

A License to Mail?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  2019-02-27
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes blog
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How come you don’t need to take training before even being allowed near the Reply All button? Other skills that cvan do harm – driving, medical practice, practicing law – involve study before you can even apply for a permit: there is driver’s education, medical school, law school… but email doesn’t have so much as a short course.

This is a big problem. There is every reason for organizations to mandate “Email Ed” classes for all employees, like it does for safety training and other critical skills.

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Don’t Reply to Your Emails: The case for inbox infinity

Resource Author:  Taylor Lorenz
Resource Date:  2019-01-08
Resource Name:  The Atlantic
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This article promotes the following strategy: inbox infinity. “Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see. It’s about letting email messages wash over you, responding to the ones you can, but ignoring most.”

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Information Overload vs Decision Overload

Resource Author:  Michael Einstein
Resource Date:  08/24/2016
Resource Name:  Email Overload Solutions
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Information Overload is a common topic of discussions in the press and literature. It is also the subject of research, tools, and techniques. But there is also an important but related problem: Decision Overload.
Information Overload occurs when the information available exceeds the processing abilities of the individual or can be processed in the time available.

By contrast, Decision Overload occurs when the vast amount of available information makes it difficult to decide upon the correct course of action(s).

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Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

Resource Author:  Prof. David M. Levy
Resource Date:  01/12/2016
Resource Name:  Amazon
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David M. Levy, who has lived his life between the “fast world” of high tech and the “slow world” of contemplation, offers a welcome guide to being more relaxed, attentive, and emotionally balanced, and more effective, while online.

In a series of exercises carefully designed to help readers observe and reflect on their own use, Levy has readers watch themselves closely while emailing and while multitasking, and also to experiment with unplugging for a specified period. Never prescriptive, the book opens up new avenues for self-inquiry and will allow readers—in the workplace, in the classroom, and in the privacy of their homes—to make meaningful and powerful changes.

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5 Tips for Bringing More Mindfulness to Your Work

Resource Author:  Jacqueline Carter
Resource Date:  01/18/2018
Resource Name:  Globoforce blog
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The root cause of stress and work-related exhaustion does not come from what is happening in our external environment, but how we respond to it from our internal landscape; more specifically – from how our mind reacts to what we are experiencing and the extent to which we are able to effectively manage our mind, or not.

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How to beat email overload in 2018

Resource Author:  Barry
Resource Date:  01/16/2018
Resource Name:  CIP HR site
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It’s easy to spend a large portion of your working day just trying to make a dent in your email backlog, to the detriment of other, often more pressing, priorities. With the average worker spending 13 hours a week dealing with emails, businesses are potentially losing up to 28% of work time to email admin.

Here are four strategies that might help you to reduce this burden, improve productivity and streamline internal communication.

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Emails are Not Dead, but Need to Evolve: How to Make Your Business Communication Productive

Resource Author:  SaneBox Team
Resource Date:  01/10/2018
Resource Name:  SaneBox blog
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Let’s face it: there are many unsolved challenges in today’s business communication. But luckily, there are many ways and tools to keep it productive and organized as well. In this article, we’ve put together the most reliable approaches to avoid plunging into talkative chaos at work.

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Email management tips and tools you can’t live without

Resource Author:  Eugene Feygin
Resource Date:  11/11/2016
Resource Name:  Quill.com
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An infographic about email overload and its solutions. Each and every day, 193.3 billion emails are sent around the world. More than half of those are business emails. The average person spends 28 percent of the workweek reading and responding to email, which equates to 13 hours a week. So what do we do about all this email dependence? Thankfully there are tools and strategies to cut down on inbox overload and get organized.

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Averting a Reply All disaster

Resource Author:  Dr. Monica Seeley
Resource Date:  11/16/2016
Resource Name:  Mesmo consultancy blog
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Reply All disasters can be avoided by adopting sound email etiquette and making sure everyone understands them. Using the email software too and looking outside the inbox to alternative technologies/medium can help manage the potential for such disasters.

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Email overload: can you cope with it?

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  06/01/2016
Resource Name:  https://www.knowmail.me
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An interesting observation I can make about the victims of email overload: many of them think they’re doing just fine.

That is, they certainly feel the pain of having to endlessly try to clear their inbox, but they accept this state of affairs – and because they are still alive and active and manage to get their work done, they think it’s OK – this is the way things are supposed to be, and they can cope with it, so why complain?

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