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popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
lily, cool idea re: email rules. I'd like to filter everything I get from certain clients directly to Deleted Items. But anyway, I digress. I'm the multi-tasking type so when I get emails in I tend to abandon what I'm working on to respond. Sometimes that's fine, but other times I'm much better served just shutting down my Outlook for a couple hours! I can't get away with it too often though
I know some people that won't even turn their cell phones off for 1 hour, and it's not even for business purposes, they're just that scared to miss a damn call. That is just ridiculous! Think about how it was as little as 6 years ago, when you couldn't get ahold of whoever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Now, people die because they can't get off their damn cell phone long enough to drive, and they deserve it...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I do. It's a huge part of my job to be available by email and phone for those with questions on how to input their orders. Halting that can halt production, and that's just bad all around.
lily314 lily314 9 years
This is actually a huge issue in major firms. U.S. Cellular, Deloitte, and a few other firms have instituted official "no-email Fridays." At U.S. Cellular, though, some employees actually rebelled. I tend to side with them. If I turned off my email, that would cut deeply into my productivity. I have a facilitator role at my firm, and without email, I'd spend all day playing phone- or office-tag and I'd get nothing done. I know some people are really overwhelmed by emails and get easily distracted. There have even been studies that show email pop-ups reduce productivity because it prevents people from focusing. But I don't think that turning off email is a sound or longer-term solution to the problem. People who refuse to answer emails make it more difficult for others who need their input. And I know the point is for people to get up and walk to their coworkers or get on the phone, but this isn't always feasible in all roles. If you're stressed out by a massive amount of email, one solution is to create email rules (available in most email software) to channel certain emails to folders that you can look at later. All of the system-generated emails I get through different distribution lists go to folders that I ignore until I have time. That way, I don't miss any critical emails, but I'm not overwhelmed either.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hahaha yes I do :( Only time I won't check or answer the ohone is lunchtime! :(
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