Declaring Email Bankruptcy

How deep is your email inbox? Seriously, how deep. I’ve been there from time to time, but I’ve been proactively working to keep my inbox as close to empty as possible. If your inbox is over 2000 messages deep, you might need to do something radical. Perhaps you should declare email bankruptcy. Here is how: Step 1: Select all messages…

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Take Fridays off from Email

On Friday, NPR’s Morning Edition ran the following segment: Can you go a day at the office without e-mail? Employees at U.S. Cellular try to do that every Friday. A policy implemented a few years ago gives workers a respite from the e-mail avalanche. Click to read and listen… Interesting story considering the topic of my recent post about choosing…

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Choose the right messaging medium

Sometimes you just have to take a step back and point out the obvious. Today was one of those times. I was in the middle of typing out a detailed email message that was going to be longer than five sentences when a blinding flash of the obvious hit me: pick up the phone. So I did and it worked….

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Tip for forwarding jokes

If you are someone who likes to forward jokes around, you need to be respectful of everyone’s email addresses. Don’t throw all of those addresses in the TO: or CC: field. Use the BCC: field so that others don’t see the full list of emails. So the next time that you are about to email the entire world… And if…

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Sending Large Files

Email is a great tool for messages to people but it is horrible for sending attachments. Sure, the PDF, DOC, PPT or XLS file here and there is probably fine, but what do you do when you want to email someone a huge file? And since email is not secure, you shouldn’t use it for sensitive information. But setting up…

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Writing Email

While talking to a friend yesterday, we were discussing the whole concept of Email ettiquette. So many people use email but so few are taught how to really use it. Of course, this morning, I found this article from Wired Magazine which has some great pointers. And the New York Times has this article which talks about the lack of…

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