With the over-abundance of mobile tech devices, it is easy to let your life revolve around these small rectangular computers we carry in our pockets, bags and briefcases. So much of the information we receive on a daily basis in immediate…and constant. Do you ever feel that having access to your email on a mobile device controls your life? I recently read an article in CGMA Magazine that gave a few pointers on how to “tame the email beast”.
- What motivates you to constantly check your email? Is it the blinking notification light? If so, disable it!
- Understand expectations. Are you expected to respond to all emails within a certain time frame? If not, develop a system that works for you and let your colleagues know when you will be checking email. In case someone needs a more immediate response from you, provide another method of communication.
- Consider having separate devices for work and personal reasons. Although this solution may not be cost effective, it does give us the option to leave the work phone behind while we are on vacation, at the soccer field or waiting at the dentist’s office. The personal time saved may be well worth the few extra dollars spent!
Consider these few suggestions if you feel your life has been overtaken by email. If you would like to read the entire article, please click here.
Kelly A. O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP, CIA, CFE
Vice President, Finance and Administration