February, it is the month when love fills the air and chocolate fills our stomachs. This February I am
proclaiming my love of email. Now, I know what you are thinking as you roll your eyes, sigh out loud and
are generally disgusted, how could anyone love their email?
Email frees me to work anywhere, anytime and anyplace. I can stay in touch with my clients, current on my project work and talk to friends and family from literally almost anywhere in the world. I do not know of anything else that affords me this absolute freedom. Email gives me the ability to be present in all aspects of my life.
Email is my connection to my clients, vendor partners, colleagues, friends and family. I can literally stay connected to both my professional life and personal life from within one inbox.I know the status of all of my projects. I can keep track of everything I have delegated to my team and all of my projects and tasks. I also know who has a sick child, what I need to bring to supper club and whenI need to schedule my next dentist appointment.
Email is an excellent filter of people, projects, ideas and requests for my time. I can check email when I choose to check it. I use the email out of office notification as a boundary around my time – the project time I carve out to do work, my thinking time and my personal time. Email enables me to filter and then respond based on my priorities. These boundaries allow me to work and play from a place of relaxed control.
Email is the ultimate efficiency tool. By fully utilizing this technology tool I save hours each week that used to be spent sorting and filing messages, information and data. My message are automatically prioritized so I do not waste time searching for the most important email and wondering which email to read first. When I respond to meeting requests, my calendar is automatically populated with the what, when, and how of the meeting. And, if I am very lucky, the meeting organizer has appended the agenda and the supporting documentation to the meeting request so I literally have everything I need for that meeting at my fingertips.
Email is a tool that enables me to continuously learn. I subscribe to numerous blogs, newsletters, LinkedIn groups and RSS feeds which fill my inbox with new information, courses to attend for continuing education and generally expand my knowledge base. I love to learn and email makes it easy for me to access learning from a variety of people and organizations.
What if this February you look at your inbox differently? What if instead of loathing it, resisting or believing that it is the sole source of all of your frustration, you decide to look at it as a tool that supports you and the life you want to lead. How might your relationship with email change?
Email enables me to be free, stay connected, and establish boundaries. Email is an incredibly efficient
tool that improves my productivity and effectiveness. Email expands my mind and introduces me to
new ideas and learning opportunities.