Conquering too much email
Recently I have started to learn more about LEAN principles. Originally a tool used in manufacturing it can sometimes be difficult to translate it to the office environment so I undertook a little internet surfing. This resulted in discovering an excellent article called Lean in the Digital Office from Manufacturing.net
Here are a few key takeouts (boy, is that a jargon word if ever I heard one… I’m becoming one of THOSE people…)
- Multi-tasking leads to waste.
- Don’t use ‘Reply All’ on emails unless it’s absolutely essential everyone reads your reply
- Don’t make copies
- Only use email for transferring data not for having conversations, and
- Get rid of meetings which don’t make a decision or produce information.
To read more, the full article is here.
To my mind, I have a different strategy for conquering too much email. Apply the delete all button.