Is information overload real? Absolutely. Though the real danger is the flood of potentially meaningful information we let in.
‘Infobesity’ – the Over-consumption of Information – Could Be Raising the Stress Levels of Almost Half of British Office Workers, Reveals a UK Report.
Handling the “Not so important things”
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Your Mind Is for Having Ideas, Not Holding Them
to accomplish a specific task. Once this load is exhausted, hardly any energy is left to make clear and concise decisions.
Don’t Let Things That You Have Considered Not so Important Gnaw Away at Your Energy and Focus – David Allen
1. Clarify and Organise
2. Appropriate Use
Match the message to the best medium. Recognise when email is not the best method of communicating. Sometimes face-to-face meetings are better than a string of unclear or sensitive emails going back and forth.
3. To: vs. Cc:
Be discerning about your use of To: vs. Cc:. Why? Ever receive an email where it’s unclear who has the action because everyone is in the “To:” field?
4. Subject Lines
Use clear subject lines that clearly describe the topic.
5. Reply to All
Resist the urge to simply click reply to all, if not everyone needs to receive your reply. Another tip to avoid the Reply to All cycle is to use the Bcc: field for all recipients, when appropriate. That way only the sender will receive the replies.
6. Response Times
What are your agreed upon response times for internal and external communications? If there are none maybe its time to agree them with your relevant stakeholders.