Last week I posted this about email on Facebook, “I should not feel this good about getting through my inbox. But I do, and I'm going to feel great about it for another 10 seconds until more messages pour in. Cheers.”
We all complain about being busy – it’s part of our culture of juggling jobs and family. Often, email plays a starring role in our whining, as it did for me. We complain about it so much that it’s become a status symbol, as Brigid Shulte has so elegantly and accurately written in her piece, “Why being too busy makes us feel so good.
So let’s talk about email. Until I become rich by inventing a solution to the onslaught, we can make our lives a bit easier by focusing the chaos. A few suggestions:
When I commit to these tips, I spend less time searching my inbox for messages because they are easier to find and organize. And yes, I’m one of those people who cannot stop until I zero out my in-box every day. It’s a compulsion, but I fall off the wagon at least five times every day.
Beth is the CEO of Inkhouse, which she co-founded in 2007 and has grown into one of the top ranked agencies in the country. Beth’s been recognized as one of the Top Women in PR by PR News, the Top 25 Innovators by The Holmes Report and as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth believes that shared values, and the freedom to create are the foundations of all meaningful work. She brings this philosophy to building a culture of creative progress at Inkhouse.