EMAIL BEST PRACTICES

There are a number of stress points associated with email but in this post I will cover two of my favorites..

1.  INBOX MANAGEMENT

Many of us struggle to manage the incredible volume of emails in our inboxes.  They seem to appear at an alarming rate!  While some claim that the 'search' function enables them to find what they need so there is no real reason to 'de-clutter,' I still believe that an uncluttered email inbox has its benefits.

I was recently introduced to a service that has been around for a couple of years - unroll.me. This free service enables you to see all of your email subscriptions (including those you didn't realize you had!) and select those from which you would like to unsubscribe.

The other great feature offered is to have all of the subscriptions that you choose to keep "roll-up" into a single folder, entitled Unroll.me.  This is the easiest way to get a lot of pesky, unwanted emails to stop coming with minimal effort.

2.  BEST PRACTICES

a.    Use a signature to provide your contact information on your computer, phone, and tablet.  Do not leave the default, "sent from my...."  If you are sending a work email from a location other than your desk, nobody needs to know.  

b.   If something is still unresolved after two or three emails, simply pick up the phone.

c.  Keep disagreements off line.  Best to keep some things unwritten and your tone is less likely to be misinterpreted in a live conversation.