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Email Overloaded

Itzy Sabo on Email Productivity

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Turn the radio off (auditory overload)itzy

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 06:00:00 +0000

Do you always have the radio on in the background? From the moment I wake up in the morning until I get out of the car at the office, the radio spews its news out at me (I find news … Continue reading (image)

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Email message ends up on road signitzyimage

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 09:12:17 +0000

You really have to be careful what you write in an email – you never know where it may end up… This out-of-office automatic response message made it onto a bilingual road sign in Wales! If you don’t understand Welsh, … Continue reading (image)

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SpeedFiler Featured on the Cranky Middle Manager Showitzy

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 08:33:15 +0000

I recently had the good fortune to be invited to talk about SpeedFiler and the problems it can solve, in a special Productivity Tools broadcast on Wayne Turmel’s Cranky Middle Manager Show (part of The Podcast Network). The Cranky Middle … Continue reading (image)

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Email Bankruptcy Continues to Spreaditzy

Fri, 25 May 2007 15:33:15 +0000

Today’s Washington Post carries an article about an increasing number of people who find themselves having to declare email bankruptcy. The article is full of sad cases of people who think that declaring email bankruptcy will solve their problem. It … Continue reading (image)

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Nagless Reminders — Get the Recipient to Respond On Time and Cut Through their Email OverloaditzyReminder

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 07:16:36 +0000

Have you ever had to repeatedly nag someone to deliver on a commitment? What if it’s a commitment that is voluntary, i.e. you’re not the other person’s boss, and you cannot force them to do it? The classic case is … Continue reading (image)

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Change of Addressitzy

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:02:12 +0000

I’ve just registered a “proper” domain name for this blog. It now resides at The folks at have rigged things smoothly, so that if you use the old address, you’ll still end up here. If you are subscribed … Continue reading (image)

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Email Newsletter Study: Surprising Initial Resultsitzy

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 07:24:59 +0000

I’ve been tracking my newsletter intake over the past week, and I must admit to being rather surprised at the results. I received only 55 messages from 37 sources that can be described as newsletters, and it took a total of only … Continue reading (image)

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Email Newsletters: Time Wasters or Valuable Information Sources?itzy

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 05:27:30 +0000

Newsletters seem to take up an incredible amount of space in my inbox. There are some I just can’t bring myself to unsubscribe from, even though I can’t remember the last time I got anything useful out of them. The … Continue reading (image)

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Idle minds solve problemsitzy

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 09:53:19 +0000

Cognitive psychologist Malia Mason, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, has published research that backs up my earlier post on how to solve problems using your subconscious mind. I know I’m right, but it’s comforting to know that the … Continue reading (image)

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SpeedFiler 1.1 Released!itzy

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 18:13:58 +0000

SpeedFiler is a major factor in how I keep my inbox under control, and without it, my outgoing items would all be dumped in Sent Items, instead of in the folders they really belong in. Basically, it allows me to … Continue reading (image)

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Solving the Productivity vs. Security DilemmaitzyYoggie Gatekeeper Pro

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 15:56:24 +0000

Many of us find ourselves processing email while on the road. In fact, sitting on a plane, or while waiting for one, is probably the best time to catch up on a stuffed inbox. However, when we’re away from the … Continue reading (image)

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How to expand Outlook’s preview area with a single keystrokeitzy

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 17:34:17 +0000

Is your preview area squashed so narrow that you can’t comfortably read messages in Outlook’s main window? I’ll show you how you can use a single keystroke to expand it to read your messages, and then contract it again. This is … Continue reading (image)

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The Speak-now-or-forever-hold-your-peace Approachitzy

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:05:48 +0000

A recent white paper commissioned by Cisco about effective communication within virtual teams concludes: ‘Silence’ – or non-response to communication (email, voice mail, etc.) can be very damaging to virtual team effectiveness as it leads individuals to misattribute explanations for … Continue reading (image)

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Recovering from Email Bankruptcyitzy

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 18:04:59 +0000

Robert Scoble says he is close to declaring “email bankruptcy.” I don’t believe he’ll take the drastic step of deleting all his mail and notifying all of his contacts that he’s starting again, because in some ways, email bankruptcy is … Continue reading (image)

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How many emails to set up a meeting?itzy

Wed, 13 Sep 2006 13:15:59 +0000

You want to meet. The other party wants to meet. You have a common interest in meeting. You’ve agreed to meet, but now you have to work out the logistics. How many emails and/or phone calls will it take to … Continue reading (image)

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Loaded Emailsitzy

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 05:39:02 +0000

There’s one group of people who won’t be suffering from email overload for a while — the 400 Radio Shack employees that were fired via email last week. Now that’s an example of a loaded email! Obviously the folks at … Continue reading (image)

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Would you bet your life on email?itzy

Wed, 06 Sep 2006 11:53:00 +0000

Email is critical part of company infrastructure and business processes, yet it is so structureless. This lack of structure is what makes it so ubiquitous — it’s easy to use it for everything. However, it can be extremely unreliable where … Continue reading (image)

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Use Your Email Signature To Set Expectationsitzy

Mon, 04 Sep 2006 08:32:37 +0000

Bob Walsh includes the following line at the bottom of his email signature: (I usually check email every few hours during the day.) What a great idea! People who correspond with Bob now know that:  he does not allow incoming email to disturb … Continue reading (image)

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Keyboard Evolutionitzy

Tue, 29 Aug 2006 13:54:53 +0000

I recently bought a new wireless keyboard and mouse combination. As I surveyed the available models, I realized that the main differentiator for me was size — I wanted the footprint to be as small as possible. The ideal size … Continue reading (image)

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Overcoming Email Overload at the ABAitzy

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:37:02 +0000

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific / 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern the American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education (ABA-CLE) is holding a teleconference and live webcast about Overcoming Email Overload. Adriana Linares, one of the experts on the panel, … Continue reading (image)

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