In this era of time everything seems to be urgent but something has to give. Here’s a reminder of the good old tried and true strategy:
ditch – what can be ditched? That’s right just chuck it into the rubbish file. If you can’t bear to part with it keep a cardboard carton beside you and pretend its recycling. That way if you really need it – it can be retrieved.
delegate – list three things you do that someone else could do and then find that person and pass it on.
delay – do you really need to respond to emails immediately – today. We all have enough flagged email to send us bonkers. If someone really needs help how about asking them for a subject line with URGENT in it. Otherwise you could set up an auto responder which says “Thank you for your email. Unless it is urgent I will respond to it in 48 hours.”
Pick one strategy to try this week and see how you go.