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1,116 - Reading and Processing Emails

June 29th, 2015

Episode 252 of 463 episodes

Modern life requires email for most of us. Learn how one person deals with it all in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:37 Explanations: 4:24 Fast dialog: 19:42 Every day I feel more and more overwhelmed by email. Once I turn on my computer and look at my inbox, I get sucked into reading and responding to emails. I have a personal email account and an email account for work. With my work email, I try to take an organized approach. I scan each email looking at the sender and subject line, and delete the ones I don’t need or want. With the remaining ones, I archive some, file others for future reading, and write replies to the rest. I’ve set up templates for the routine emails, but spend a lot of time drafting personalized responses to the rest. That takes up a large part of my workday. When reading my personal email, I take my time. Yes, I get the usual junk that slips through the spam filters and get newsletters I keep meaning to unsubscribe from, but people who have my personal email address are mainly friends and family. When I’m done and I look at the clock, I’m often surprised at how much time I’ve spent processing email. That’s time I could have been spending working on my Celine Dion impression. “Near, far, wherever you are I believe that the heart does go on...” Script by Dr. Lucy Tse