On my first workday ever, my colleague advised me to keep my email open at all times.
I gave her a peculiar look.
This made no sense. I checked my personal email maybe twice a week.
Who would be sending me all these emails?
Well well well.
How young and innocent I was. 😉
I have set myself a target to clean up email box with the start of new month.
I quickly found that if I don’t do it more regularly, it would mission impossible.
I believe that half my work stress is due to a constant of incoming emails.
It becomes worse when more people are involved.
Countless times I have seen emails with:
“Can you all please let me know if this is OK for you”.
If you’re lucky all 5 of you are indeed OK with it.
If one is not, a whole other discussion will start and hundreds of notifications will pop up in the next 2 days.
Until someone suggest to have a Skype meeting.
Here is another dilemma I have:
I need a small favor from a colleague.
I send them an email and ALWAYS end it with “Thanks in advance”.
By writing that, I try to avoid to send a Thank you email after they have helped me out.
I heard rumors about me that I am rude for that.
I only want to avoid “useless” emails.
We all know that after a Thank you email, a “You’re welcome 🙂 ” will follow.
Sometimes I call instead of sending an email.
But as I explained in my post “Just” pick up that phone this can lead to uncomfortable situations often.
Walking over to the colleague is not always possible when you work for an international firm.
How do you deal with emails?
Does is annoy the crap out of you too?