Friday, March 13, 2009

Manage Your Time - Deactivate Alerts

I had twitter, facebook, and third network I am a member of send notification alerts via email whenever someone followed me or commented on my page. Needless to say, my inboxes were soon overflowing. It became increasingly complex and time consuming to identify and act on these correspondences.

Frustrated with having so many repetitive tasks eat away at my time, I decided to eliminate the unnecessary. I deactivated all three email alerts, which had grown to several hundred a day.

The results were almost immediate. My business email account and my book email account both became less overcrowded within days. Only one or two notification alerts slips through now. I will check my settings again to make sure the accounts are completely DEACTIVATED.

Removing these tasks made a huge difference in the amount of time I spend checking email accounts - there's less to filter through. The only information arriving in my inboxes can be easily identified and quickly taken care of.

5 comments:

Lin said...

good idea. thanks

Kay Dennison said...

Makes sense to me. I try to keep a lean mean fighting machine -- i.e., I try to keep extraneous B.S. out of my computer. I wish it worked as well in my life. LOL

mom/caryn said...

I'm with ya on this one! I only have so much time and energy to expend. I can't keep up with blogging, let alone all of the other "interactive sites". I had to pick and choose. My e-mail was a nightmare to go through. I know you didn't give up the other sites as I did... but, sometimes too much is just exactly that. Too much... and it was becoming that way for me.

Tweetplate said...

It can get overwhelming! Kudos on the declutter :)

Elizabeth said...

Here's an idea, sign up for a gmail account, put all your high volume mail there and check on it once a day, or whenever. I had to do that. The only emails I get now on my regular accound are facebook and personal friends.Facebook can be distracting, however.