When I started blogging and tweeting back in September I was not expecting the volume of emails that would follow.
I know that I have the power to switch off notifications or only receive blog post updates once a week. I could disable messages when someone follows/tweets me or sends a DM and I don’t have to receive updates on comments I make on other blogs.
But I want to receive these emails. I want to engage with other people and know when they’ve responded to my comments on their blog. I want to know when someone has ‘liked’ one of my posts or they have taken the time to comment on my blog.
I’ve gone from having a few emails a day from Amazon, iTunes and the like to dozens/100+ emails informing me of all the above.
If I don’t log into email on my laptop for a couple of days I have hundreds of emails to sort through. This is time I could be reading/writing. It might sound like I’m complaining, I’m not, but I felt like I needed a PA to help. 🙂
Last week I started a new job (same employer, different team) and I set up some new folders in my email. I amended one of the rules so that my read receipts went into the new folder …
I got home and set up EIGHT new folders in my email and created NINE rules for forwarding blog comments and twitter messages etc.
I have my time back.
I still have the same number of emails to deal with, but I feel like I’ve organised my way out of a very time-consuming industry. I can keep track of everything with ease and concentrate on what I want to do.
Who was it that clicked like on that post? I have it right here.
Thank you RULES. I love you!
I’ve tried to adopt this same principle for my writing. I received an extra calendar this year so I’ve hung it on the study wall. I’ll use it to keep track of my writing, work in progress, competitions etc.
I’ve always been more organised at work than I am at home. I want to take my writing more seriously so I will treat it more like a job and not a hobby. I don’t miss deadlines at work so I shouldn’t expect anything less from my writing.
2012 is time to get serious.
What do you do to get organised?
Thanks for reading.