After a morning of being away from emails and you return to an inbox loaded up with 50 emails, what do you do?
The beaver—You see the email mountain and know the only appropriate thing to do is to attack it diligently and completely. As a busy little guy, you do not return calls, address other work or leave your monitor until every email has been dealt with.
The ostrich—You turn off your notifications so you can’t hear the constant ding! ding! as each email drops into the inbox. Because it is so overwhelming, you avoid looking at your inbox and plow through your other work.
The spider—You carefully work from project to email to voice mail to project to meeting to email. As each “fly” becomes caught in your email inbox, you address it right away. Your contacts have become trained to know you respond to emails immediately because you are in the corner waiting for a new “fly” or email to come. You have access to email everywhere—on your PC, on your tablet and on your phone.
Here is a new way of remaining responsible about your email without allowing it to control your day.