How to remain productive…and stay on top of your emails

Scott Hanselman has written a post, shared by the wonderful Glen Davis, with a wealth of ideas around how to manage your email…and your ever growing to do list. One of the key things for me were the the “Four Ds” that Hanselman uses (from David Allen’s Getting Things Done manual):

  • Do It
  • Drop it
  • Delegate it
  • Defer it

The ‘drop it’ one looked particularly useful, and Hanselman encourages the practice of ‘dropping the ball’. He writes that “though this sounds irresponsible, this will lead you to feel better about yourself as you’ll be better able to focus in on your work rather that juggle responsibilities”. In the post he offers some suggestions around how best to drop the ball without miffing the people with whom you work!

Glen notes that Hanselman’s post “summarises quite well some of the key strategies for getting on top of email and being productive”. He then goes on to say that “Of course reading this email, and then reading the following post will destroy your productivity goals for the next 15 minutes!”

Hanselman’s post in full can be found at “Complete List of Productivity Tips“.

Image: ‘No Strings‘ . http://www.flickr.com/photos/21981149@N04/3336227189. ;Found on flickrcc.net.

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About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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