Is it just me or does email always seem to be able to grow like weeds in your inbox? I know it does in mine, in fact it’s next week item for my Project Reboot.
Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, shared seven of his tips to manage the email onslaught today. His first is something I wish a number of folks I know would follow.
1. If you want to receive less email, send less email
As ridiculously simple as it sounds for such a pervasive problem, I’ve found this to be the golden rule of email management: Send less of it.
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve received multiple messages about the same topic – usually because the sender didn’t take a few minutes to collect all their thoughts before sending.
Tip number five is a good one too.
5. Give some thought To: the recipients
It seems like for many people, the To: and Cc: fields in email have become largely synonymous. They’re not
Jeff talks about making sure the right person is on the To: line – I’ve experienced the opposite issue, having been called out in a meeting for not responding when I was on the CC line, go figure.
If you have a few moments you should check out the whole article on LinkedIn.