Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Is Email Taking over Your Life? the 4-Step Plan for Regaining Control, Getting More Done and Making More Money

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Is Email Taking over Your Life? the 4-Step Plan for Regaining Control, Getting More Done and Making More Money

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Although email offers numerous advantages, there is one disadvantage of email that directly affects your business and your career. It is the potential for email to take over your work life (and your personal life, for that matter).

A related problem is that email can inundate you with data, creating information overload and stress. What is important? What is not? How do you decipher it all?

If you have direct internet access via an internet service provider, you may receive anywhere from one to 100 junk emails per day. If you work for a corporation that has an intranet (and internal email system), you may be spared the junk email. But, instead, you may receive excessive amounts of internal messages. These can also be considered "junk email" because most of the information is irrelevant to you.

Email is a tool that you must control. You cannot let it control you. Email can take over your work life, if you let it.

1. Create a time management plan for email, where you schedule when you will review email messages.

2. When developing your time management plan, include how much time you will spend responding to email messages.

3. Stick to the time management plan. …

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