Four Practices For Processing Email – Email Management Part 2

The last article covered the consequences of ineffective email management. This article discusses some best practices for processing email keeping it under control. Over the past few years, I’ve read many articles on how to effectively use email. I’ve boiled down the recommendations to my top four practices of those who use email effectively.

Those who use email effectively:

Practice 1: Don’t Use Email for Task Management

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Effective Email Management Part One

This is the first part of a two part article on the challenges of email management. This article discusses some of the problems of not managing our email. The next article gives some practices of those who effectively manage their email.

Stolen Sanity

Email can be the bane of our days. Every hour a constant stream of emails accost us, demanding our attention. Message after message of information, requests, and advertisements pour into our inbox, overwhelming us. How we manage our email can help or hinder our day, our productivity, and our sanity.

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How to Determine if Your Life is Off Course

Two important areas of Continual Improvement are time management and energy management. Time Management usually gets the most headlines, but energy management is more important. If we have managed our time well, but not our energy, we may have time to do something, but not the energy.

An INC Magazine article gives five ways to know if your life is more off course than you think. Most of these factors have to do with how we spend our energy. The first one, too busy to get organized, deserves to be at the top of the list. If we don’t have time or energy to get organized, whether it be our desk or day, we might not be able to move forward.

If our life is packed full and we haven’t addressed the “leaks” in our life, we may never realize our vision of who we can be or who God has called us to be. We may have multiple action plans for multiple areas of our life, but, if we can’t get major components such as health, time, relationships, environment, and organization under control, we don’t have much hope of staying on course.

You can find the article here: If You’re Too Busy for These 5 Things your Life is More off Course Than You Think

Action Steps

  • Read the Article
  • Choose one area to focus your attention
  • Determine your Next Step for that area
  • Repeat 😉

A Welcome Message

Continual improvement focuses on managing life and making incremental improvements in health, career (Calling), finances, relationships, energy management, time management, spiritual life, and emotional well-being.

We may have an idea of who we want to be, what we want to be doing, and what we want to have someday, but we aren’t clear on how we can go from where we currently find ourselves, to our vision of what we really want out of life and the future God is calling us to.

Distractions are all around. Sometimes we feel like a firefighter because all we do is put out fires. We want our lives to matter for something significant, but at the end of the day, we aren’t quite sure we have accomplished anything, much less our dreams.

My vision for (MTC) is to gather individuals who don’t want to only dream about the future, but rather, map a path (an action plan) to the future and follow that path. If we know where we are, and we know where we want to be someday, we can create a pathway to get there.

However, having a pathway and actually staying on that path isn’t always easy, especially if we believe we can do it alone. Check out Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and then try to tell yourself you don’t need anybody else. When we try to “do it ourselves” we rarely end up where we want.

There’s an African proverb that states, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This website is an attempt to gather those who want to travel together, learning from each other while encouraging and helping each other. I hope you will join this journey!