Is Organizing Your Email a Waste of Time?

For the GTD (Getting Things Done) adherents, the title of this post might be akin to heresy!

But that is essentially what Michael Schrage is saying is true based upon research conducted by IBM (click here to read his post).  They found that people using the email search features usually found what they were looking for faster and with fewer errors than people using complex email file folder systems (like me).

At first, I rebelled slightly at the thought of not precisely filing my emails, but then I began to reflect on how I am using my email folders and realized that while my folders helped to a certain extent, I was actually relying more now on my search function in Outlook to find what I wanted more than the folders and that the folders were actually hindering the use of the search function.

I don’t think I am quite ready to get away from my email folders yet, but I am about to simplify them greatly – today!

One question Michael asks that bears repeating is are you spending more time thinking and reflecting on how to get better organized than you are on accomplishing desired outcomes?

Blessings on your day!
BG

Are You Stressed over Getting Organized?

Happy New Year!

Well, it’s that time again – time to start afresh, time to get organized, time to set goals, and so on!  Actually it can be quite intimidating can it not?

There is some help available.  Ministry Coaching International has an excellent tool called a Life Book that is in an Excel format and easy to use – and very powerful.  It guides you through a process that helps you to focus on key areas of your life and gives you a means to start making progress towards those goals.  It is a holistic approach to addressing the priorities in your life and gives you way forward towards those goals.

Also, Michael Hyatt has published a very nice e-book on the life planning process.  It is a great tool and may be a great place to get started in your journey to live a more intentional life.

However, as I mentioned last week in a post – the tools don’t really matter.  All they are, are tools.  What matters is what you decide is truly important and then having the discipline to do the work.  As someon has said – most often we do what we really want to do.

I hope that this year is an adventure for you!

BG