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Anyone else having problems replying to emails?

I'm so bad replying to emails. They just keep piling. I read them the moment they come, but something keeps me from replying or acting on them. How do you deal with emails? Do having specific blocks of time devoted to email writing works for you? How you balance replying to emails with the other parts of your work? Is anyone using Groupwise for your emails? Any tips for using it? The new version is able to attach labels to the emails and changes the color of the header accordingly. Now I have a very colorful inbox but as full as before.

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Heh. So you've got a...

Heh. So you've got a lot of people asking for a lot of things?

Would it be about right to say that the emails you resist the most are the ones that would lose you something? Maybe someone writes a mail asking you to do something. If you reply, you're probably going to commit your time or attention or money in a way you don't really want to. So replying to an email makes your life more difficult and unpleasant. So you resist replying.

If I'm on the right track, I wonder if you might make some big improvements by figuring out how better to respond to requests from any source, rather than concentrating on requests by email?

If I've heard you right (and please correct me if I haven't!) then you might want to figure out some new ways to say no to requests. Then you could apply that to the 'gimme' emails you get, and clear your inbox up. ;)




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