Oh Geez! (here)
Hi, my name is John and I am an emailolic, it started innocently enough. I was using compuserve over a dial-up connection, eventually that led to forwarding my personal email to my work account so I could answer questions about my BBS, by the late 90’s I was running 6 different email accounts, including pine with filters under my freebsd system, 2 seperate yahoo accounts, 2 hotmail accounts, and outlook on my windows system. Email was still manageable, but I was spending less time with friends and my family was claiming that I was not the same John.
I hit my email bottom with the purchase of my first crackberry. I found myself checking email in the car, during meetings and in the middle of the night – it
wasn’t that any of the email was that important but I just couldn’t stop checking, hell most of the time it was jsut some other emailolic on the other end, how was I to sleep if that jackass in accounting needed a latenight smackdown?
Through the power of the following 12 steps I was able to reclaim my computing time for truly important tasks, like secondlife.
- Admit that e-mail is managing you. Let go of your need to check e-mail every ten minutes.
- Commit to keeping your inbox empty.
- Create files where you can put inbox material that needs to be acted on.
- Make broad headings for your filing system so that you have to spend less time looking for filed material.
- Deal immediately with any e-mail that can be handled in two minutes or less but create a file for mails that will take longer.
- Set a target date to empty your in box. Don’t spend more than an hour at a time doing it.
- Turn off automatic send/receive.
- Establish regular times to review your e-mail.
- Involve others in conquering your addiction.
- Reduce the amount of e-mail you receive.
- Save time by using only one subject per e-mail; delete extra comments from forwarded e-mail, and make the subject line detailed.
- Celebrate taking a new approach to e-mail.