Do All The Things, GGD Sydney, August 2014

Kris Howard talking about productivity. About getting stuff done like a grownup. Used to put stuff off to the weekend, and then not actually do it. The goal of productivity is to spend less time doing the stuff you don’t want to do so that you can spend more time on the stuff you do […]

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Getting On Top Of Email

99 Red Balloons

Credit: flickr / Keegan Jones My inbox has been out of control for a long, long time. But – finally – I am down to 5 emails in my inbox! I’ve taken a series of steps over the last year or so that have helped me get to this point. Just One Inbox. I had […]

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Immersion

My email network for the last 9.3 years - created by Immersion

When I read about Immersion – a tool created by researchers at MIT which maps your email network – of course I had to map mine. It’s fascinating. I’ve removed the labels for other people’s privacy, but high level breakdown of which group is which follows: Green/Grey on the left: Ottawa networks. Grey is University, Green is […]

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Email Once A Day

Email

Back in May, I started checking email only once a day (and sometimes not at all if I had no meetings). I had to accept that no-email days would be scarcer than I’d like, but overall it’s been a good experiment. Typically I get through it as fast as possible (< 15 mins) and once […]

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Drawing Lines Around Your Day

Lines Color

Arriving, stressed, on a Monday morning the other week I decided to shut the mail tab on my browser, with no intention of opening it again. This impromptu panic started a new thing – I’m checking (work) email at most once a day, if I have a meeting. No meeting days – usually one a week […]

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Selective Email Alerts

alarm

I’m checking my email more frequently than I would like at the moment. Not because I’m procrastinating, but because there are about 3 people who I expect to hear from soon and I want to know as soon as I do. Trying out Priority Inbox which is good, but where’s the “make a song and […]

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Email: Getting a Grip

Close-up of mole

So the most awesome thing happened at GHC, I asked a question at a panel and afterwards a girl came up to me and said “I think I’ve been reading your blog”. Seriously. Made. My. Day. Then I was skimming my RSS feed and I found a comment on this post: For the record, a […]

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Email: I’m Sorry, but I Hate It

I loathe email as a form of communication, I do. Having an iPhone has not made me any better at dealing with it, in fact it has made things worse – I can now monitor it in dead time and if there’s nothing urgent then there’s no need to actually check my email. So, if […]

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Email

The other day I got an email from someone asking me to do something for them. They’d spelled my name wrong. This is someone who did a total of an hour volunteering for WISE and by being flaky had caused me a bunch of trouble. And so, I didn’t reply. There’s plenty of information about […]

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Facebook’s Got Your Mail

It’s long been the case that in times of stress, I stop responding to email. Right now is a time of extreme stress (this week  I have to write a paper, mark an assignment, and have an interview) and I’ve stopped even reading it. I’m monitoring my iPhone for genuine emergencies, but if it doesn’t […]

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