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Is your email your to-do list?

Have you let your email become your to-do list? How much time do you spend in email per day? I’d say on average I send 30 – 60 emails a day. I often wonder if there is anybody reading them on the other end, though.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

4 replies on “Is your email your to-do list?”

Chris – Please be assured that I read every email you send me.
🙂

And yes, my email is my to do list. I basically have two inboxes (in M$ Outlook); my regular inbox and my “For Follow Up” inbox. As for time spent in email, it ranges anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours a day. Although I have found that starting the day by not reading my email first helps get the more important things done.

Email no, Outlook yes, sometimes. I have Outlook defaulted to open to the “Outlook Today” window, and I will fill in things to do in the “tasks” section.

Most often though, I’ll just scribble a handwritten note to my self on a post-it and stick it somewhere on or near my computer.

Tomas, that is a great idea! Two inboxes. I’m surprised I hadn’t thought of that already (not that I’m some kind of smarty pants to be reckoned with or anything).

Yes, a huge and loud resounding YES; my inbox is my todo list. Handwritten notes are the most effective for me and usually scribed from my inbox as I go.

And as mark said, if I start my day with my inbox, it becomes a slightly less productive day than if I keep it for after 9 or 10 am.

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