Peter Bregman recently posted an excellent article “Coping with Email Overload“. I’m going to try this. Not sure what interval will work best for me; perhaps start with checking once an hour. I’ll process whatever has come in since the last check and then get out. If an email will require a long, detailed response, perhaps I’ll draft the response outside of the mail platform (IBM Lotus Notes in my case). I know that I’ll sometimes have to reference saved emails during the off period. I’ll have to be strong and just go in and the get out.
A lot stuff I save in email folders should be in a file share or SharePoint. Collaboration anyone? That’s just another workflow/work process change I need to make.
I know it will be hard to resist the temptation to constantly check email during off hours on my iDevices. Lord, give me strength!
Oh yes, be sure to turn off email alerts in your mail client and SmartPhone.