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3 Tricks For Managing Email

 —  May 13, 2014 — 2 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 8.49.02 AMIf you’re anything like me managing email is nothing less than burdensome. Add onto that Twitter DM’s, Facebook messages, and text messages…at times there is just too much to respond to for a personality like mine. I’ve made some adjustments in the way I manage social media that has helped, but I have also learned a few “tricks” to managing email. Some of these may not apply to you or your context, but maybe you would get an idea or two that could help.

3 Tricks for Managing Email:

  1. Close the door.  When I respond to an email I do not have anything else I need to do. So, my email IS following up. If I don’t have all the information I need to get back to the person, I wait until I do and then I send the email. This cuts down on the back-and-forth emailing that is usually unnecessary.
  2. Delete them.  After I respond to an email, I delete it out of my inbox. I use Mail on my Macbook, so if need to find something later I can. But the bottom line is after I send something, I know I don’t have anything left to follow up with, so I delete. This also protects from emails getting “buried” in my inbox. My staff also knows that if I forward them something to respond to, it’s deleted out of my inbox and therefore they are now responsible to follow through.
  3. Kill inner office email.  My staff and I rarely email for communication sake. We just talk or set a meeting to discuss things. When proofing documents (whatever those may be) we don’t use email either. Instead, we use Google Drive so we don’t have to email back and forth.

What are your email tricks?

- Chuck

Chuck Bomar

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Chuck Bomar planted and is Lead Pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, Oregon and is founder of both CollegeLeader (www.CollegeLeader.org) and iampeople (www.iampeople.org). He is author of six books, with the most recent being the highly anticipated work titled, Better Off Without Jesus (August 7, 2012). When he is not traveling the country speaking at conferences or consulting with church or denominational leaders, he is home with his family, the place he loves to be more than any other. Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three beautiful daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.

2 responses to 3 Tricks For Managing Email

  1. Texas Girl Loves God May 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

    How exactly do you use Google drive for inner office stuff?

  2. What can get me in trouble is receiving an email and then saying to myself I’ll get back to that later, but then never do. So my trick is OHIO, Only Handle It Once. When I get an email if I need to respond to it then and not later. Also if I know I don’t have time I keep it marked as unread so I won’t miss it.

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