Computer & Email
Get the Most from Microsoft Outlook
Beware the Empty Inbox
Get the Most from Your Handheld
Do Digital Organizers Save Time - Or Waste It?
Efficient E-mail Habits
Transitioning from Paper to Digital Information Storage
Faxing Without Paper Saves Time
Getting Your Files When You're On The Go
Business & the Office
Time Tactics for the Office
Keeping Track of Delegated Tasks
Keeping Track of Your Customers & Prospects
Do Your Employees Really Need Customer Service Training?
Action Files Prevent Desk Clutter
Reclaim Your Desktop with a Tickler File
What To Do With All Those Business Cards?
Managing Project Folders - A Surprising Tip that Works
Time Management & Organizing
The Power of Planning Ahead
Words of Wisdom You Should Ignore
Coping with Information Overload
Thirteen No-Tech Time Management Tips
© Jan Jasper; 2006-2012
Much incoming e-mail can be read once, then promptly deleted - this means less e-mail clutter to wade through. At the least,
doing a clean-up once a month will help with managing email.
Create email folders for specific clients, projects, or subject areas, rather than leaving them in your inbox forever. You can
drag and drop to file each email, or you can create filters to drive emails automatically to a folder you designate. But don't go
overboard -- too many narrow, specific folders makes it harder to locate emails later.
If you use Microsoft Outlook*, it may be more efficient to organize emails by Color Categories instead of folders. Any emails
you must keep, put in one big folder and assign Color Categories to important emails to help you find them later. This makes
retrieval faster than moving emails into custom folders, which creates more places to search.
If you wish to save project or client emails in the same folders as related documents, you can use Save As to save emails as
Use detailed subject headers. This saves time when searching for old e-mails later on.
Insert "NRN" in subject headers when no reply is necessary.
Customize your email software to display all the information you need at a glance. Microsoft Outlook* allows you to add
columns to your email screen.
Delete unneeded e-mails regularly. You usually only need to save the last message of an ongoing "conversation" - the most
recent message contains quotebacks of all previous messages. This will greatly reduce your email overload.
Keep your inbox lean so it becomes an extension of your To-Do list. Only emails that require action should remain in
the inbox. Every email you must store for future reference should be dragged into a folder for older email.
Printing emails should be the exception, not the rule - otherwise you'll create an email filing nightmare. The
only time you should print an email is to take to a meeting away from your office, or for a project for which most
information is on paper.
Create templates for routine replies.
Last but not least, know when to telephone. Unless you need to send the same message a group, or keep a record of what you
said when to whom, the phone may be faster.
*The usual disclaimers apply. My mentioning these products is not a guarantee of any sort. Obviously,
you should not change anything
until you've completely backed up your files. You already do that, right?
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About the Author:
Productivity coach Jan Jasper has been helping busy people work smarter, not harder since 1988. Her customized approach guides clients to manage time,
tasks, and information more effectively. She also provides Microsoft Outlook customization for clients. Jan is the author of
Take Back Your Time: How to Regain Control of Work, Information, & Technology (St. Martin's Press).
She recently completed a North American media tour as the national efficiency spokesperson for IKON Office Solutions,
Inc. She has appeared on radio and TV all over North America and is quoted regularly in print. Jan is an adjunct instructor at
New York University.