A manager I know did a study on his email for last year. He had over 50,000 emails that arrived in his inbox. Fifty thousand!
Each day we process tens, maybe hundreds, of email messages. Sometimes it may feel like that is all we do. Being efficient in our email processing includes using email templates or signatures.
There are some third party tools such as Textexpander, Typinator and Keyboard Maestro that can help with this processing. However, if you work for a company with strict IT policies, you might not be able to use them.
These days our jobs require us to get more done in less time and with less resources.
The question is…
Are we actually getting more done?
Recently, I stepped into a new role at work. I went from leading projects to leading people. It is very rewarding, but also very time consuming. I am having to re-tool the entire structure of my work day and work day.
As a Facilities Manager and workplace strategist, the number one takeaway came from Cal Newport. Cal is the author of Deep Work and he shared that we need to identify a ratio of time worked in deep work (deep focus) with shallow work (checking email, etc).
This was a game-changer for me. This could revolutionize the way we design and build the office of the future. If we can intentionally design spaces for deep work, our employees will be able to get more done, with more accuracy, and live a normal life. This represents a huge competitive advantage in the marketplace, not to mention a huge attraction/retention advantage in the war for talent.
Carson Tate wants to help you overcome your busyness and regain the life you always wanted. Work Simply focuses on helping you determine your productivity style. Once you understand your productivity style, you can begin to concentrate on doing the work only you can do.
She highlights a tactical and simple approach to regaining your time, getting a handle on your email (inbox zero), and decluttering areas of your house and work area. She encourages each reader to work smarter, not harder, to complete their work.
To fully understand your productivity style, you can take her free assessment. My personal productivity style is PLANNER. The assessment, coupled with the book, will help you decipher and build upon your personal productivity style.
This book has many hidden gems and lots of practical, ready-to-apply advice. Check it out today to take your productivity to the next level!