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Presentation on how to manage the email overload many of us face today as educators. Strategies are described that help email users make the most of the communication tool.

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    Keeping the inbox empty Keeping the inbox empty Presentation Transcript

    • Keeping the Inbox Empty
      And Other Strategies to Manage the Info Overload
    • Sometimes any excuse for not responding to email will do!
    • Email and Information Overload
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXFEBbPIEOI&feature=pyv&ad=3154774824&kw=email
      Life Before Email
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u6PDDGWe2I
    • Email Facts of Interest
      Email overload is the leading cause of preventable productivity loss in organizations today.
      Basex Research recently estimated businesses lose $650 million annually due to unnecessary email interruptions.
      When they are at work, 37% of those with email accounts check them constantly.
    • Overview of the 5 Email Strategies
      Strategy 1: Keeping the Inbox Empty
      Strategy 2: Use a 3-Folder Email Management System
      Strategy 3: Use Google Mail Search as Tool to Retrieve Emails
      Strategy 4: Follow 4 Simple Email Response Rules
      Strategy 5: Compose Email with Efficiency in Mind
    • Strategy 1
      Keeping the Inbox Empty
    • 3 Principles to Keep the Inbox Empty
      Change your perspective on the Inbox: “It is a temporary holding pen for unprocessed email.”
      Make it a habit to immediately decide the fate of an email once it is read. NEVER LEAVE AN EMAIL IN THE INBOX.
      Use a simple 3-Folder Email Management system
    • Strategy 2
      Use a 3-Folder Email Management
      System
    • The 3-Folder Email Management System
      Create and maintain the following folders (labels):
      Archive (Gmail actually has this folder “All Mail”
      Follow Up
      Hold
    • Contents of Archive (All Mail)
      Eventual final destination of every email.
      Use this Email group as a “long-term” reference library.
      Should be single folder (label) with NO SUBFOLDERS (LABELS).
      Fully searchable using mail search,
    • Contents of Follow Up Folder (Label)
      Messages that have a task or requires response that can’t be done in 2 minutes or less.
      Each message in this folder (label) has a corresponding task in Task List.
    • Contents of Hold Folder (Label)
      Email placed here does not require a task or response, but it provides information needed in the next two weeks.
    • Strategy 3
      Use Google Mail Search to
      Retrieve Email
    • Features of Google Mail Search
      All of your Gmail is fully searchable.
      Search results returned with search terms highlighted in yellow.
      Use Google Desktop to add additional functionality to mail search.
      Advanced search options make it possible to zero in on that message you wish to find.
    • How to Conduct Basic Mail Search
      The search mail bar is located at top of your gmail screen. Type search word or phrase here.
    • How to Conduct Basic Mail Search
      Your search results will appear in the email list box. Just right-click on the message to preview it. Double-click to open it.
    • How to Conduct an Advanced Email Search
      To begin an Advanced Email search, click on the “Show Search Options” link to right of the Search the Web Button.
      Show Search Options Link
    • How to Conduct an Advanced Email Search
      The Search Options screen will appear.
      Search Options
    • How to Conduct an Advanced Email Search
      From this screen, you have the ability to search your email by any of the following criteria:
      From: (Who sent it)
      To: (Who you sent it to)
      Subject
      Has the Words: (Looks for Keywords or phrases)
      Doesn’t Have: (Exclude words that you want)
      Has Attachment: Narrow it Down to those with Attachments)
      Within a Time Period
    • How to Conduct an Advanced Email Search
      Type in your search criteria and click on the Search Mail button.
      Looking for email sent to “Benfield”
    • How to Conduct an Advanced Email Search
      Gmail then returns the results. Right-click to preview or double-click to open.
    • How to Use Google Desktop to Search for Email
      Press CTRL twice to activate Google Desktop.
      NOTE: Google Desktop must be installed on computer. You also can activate Google Desktop from gadget, from task bar and from start menu.
    • How to Use Google Desktop to Search for Email
      Once search box is activated, type search word or phrase in box. Results appear below. If you see one of interest, select it.
      Emails indicated with letter icon.
    • Strategy 4
      Follow 4 Simple Email
      Response Rules
    • Rule 1: Process emails in groups.
      Conduct 2-4 email sessions per day.
      Only retrieve your email every 1 to 2 hours.
    • Rule 2: Follow the 1-Minute Rule
      Start processing email from oldest first.
      If message takes 1 minute or less for response, do it immediately.
      If message requires longer, more involved response, note it in your task list, and place it in follow up.
    • Rule 3” Respond to Task Requests
      Always acknowledge receipt of email.
      Note task on your to do list, and move to follow up.
    • Rule 4: Never leave an email in the inbox.
      Decide an email’s fate on the spot.
      Immediate response
      Acknowledged response and placed in follow up.
      Placed in Hold folder for future reference.
      Archived.
      Only deal with a message once in the inbox.
    • Rule 5: Compose Emails with Efficiency in Mind
      Make your emails sizzle.
      Informative subject line.
      Put your messages on a diet. Be Succinct.
      Make the “Why” clear.
      Include the Attachment.
      Reply to Your Emails Efficiently.
      Know when not to send and when not to respond.
    • Five Strategies for Managing Email
      Keep the Inbox Empty.
      Use a 3-Folder Email Management System.
      Use Google Mail Search to Find Email.
      Follow 4 Simple Rules When Responding to Email
      Compose Email with Efficiency in Mind.