Archive for September, 2006

Email discipline

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Scoble today wrote about losing the battle against email and being unable to keep up – he currently has over 1500 emails he needs to deal with.  As I responded with a couple of ideas to help him out (Ten a day and my email mgmt strategy) it hit me that being successful at taking and keeping control of email is really just the same as any other major focus area in our lives that requires discipline and commitment.

Losing weight.
Running a marathon.
Getting stronger at the gym.
Eating healthy.

All of these are things that are not inherently complicated or tough to achieve with proper discipline, commitment, and motivation.  But so many people struggle with trying to succeed at these tasks.  Why is that?  Often it’s because these goals simply aren’t made a priority in their lives.

Keeping on top of email is exactly the same thing.  If you don’t make it a priority, create a strategy to keep control of your email, and stick to that strategy, you will find yourself losing control again.  And as Robert alludes to, getting behind on email can result in so many other problems nowadays – missing appointments, deadlines, etc.  As I wrote previously, Email is real work and needs to be treated and scheduled for as such.  Carve out time to deal with email and make that as much of a priority as getting any other task done.

I challenge anyone who is having trouble staying on top of their email to set a simple goal.  Have 300 less emails in your inbox (or wherever you keep your pending emails) in one month.  See how many emails you have in your inbox.  Don’t end your workday each day until that number is ten less than the day before.  Stick to this and I am confident many of you will be reducing at a rate of far more than 10 per day soon, and more importantly, will be on the path towards staying in control of your email.

Now if I can just keep on top of writing for my blog more consistently (like writing up my additional thoughts on beta programs I’ve been putting off for far too long)…

Followup to PDF in Office 2007

Monday, September 11th, 2006

I wrote about problems w/ 2007/PDF native support a while back.  The "compromise" workaround has now been posted by Microsoft.  A silly situation if you ask me, but at least there’s a way to get the functionality.  Oh, and yes, I’ll be posting part 2 of my thoughts on beta today!


Monday, September 4th, 2006

Ugh.  What a holiday weekend.  Had aspirations of getting ahead on a lot of work stuff, doing tons of errands,  writing a few blog posts, and doing tons of fun stuff.  Instead, I spent Friday and Saturday in bed w/ the flu/cold/something and just rested watching TV on Sunday.  At least today I was better again and was able to have a great BBQ w/ a bunch of good friends – that really saved the weekend for me.

So, here’s a startup tip for you.  If you want to challenge your immune system, make sure one of your co-founders has a couple of little kids.  That will get a constant stream of new bugs coming into the office until one manages to take you down!  At least by the end of the year I think we’ll have antibodies for everything, though!

I’ll be back in the office tomorrow and look forward to following up on some of my prior entries.  Hope you had a great holiday weekend!