Clear the Decks! I've got too Much Email!

Employees in companies, those working from home or anyone ... anywhere else for that matter, are screaming in protest of too much email!

All of us agree technology is a good invention, but sometimes, too much email is a real time-waster, and a way to remain truly unproductive. You think you've got it bad? Take a look at a few examples.

  • The Washington, D.C. bureau chief for The Economist took a two-week vacation and came back to 250 emails.
  • Tax officials in Australia receive so much email from citizens that the government now sends an auto-reply message stating that answers would be delivered in two weeks.

  • Sreenath Sreenivasan, a professor of new media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism send so much email--up to 250 each day--that recipients have dubbed his letters 'sree-mail' instead of 'email.'

So what can you do? Experts say the key is to prioritize, and immediately discard anything that looks like junk mail or something that doesn't directly affect your busienss. Email software programs like MS Outlook also offer filtering or controls that can be set by the user to place email into certain folders, or automatically delete mail from unknown senders.

In addition, keep email brief and to the point, and ask for a response if necessary.

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