January 18, 2008

Merlin Mann on Productivity

It sounds like Merlin Mann's session at Macworld was a big hit. I'm not surprised.

Here's an interesting clip:

...whenever the e-mail dinger goes off, most people drop what they're doing and check e-mail.

Mann suggested turning off mail settings that have it poll automatically, instead setting e-mail checks to be manual. He also suggested turning off alert sounds that tell you when you have new e-mail.

He suggested simple e-mail filters to make the most important messages float to the top. Since he's been bombarded by press releases, he has a filter set up that deletes anything containing the words "For Immediate Release." And e-mail that's sent to multiple recipients "goes into a little gray folder I look at once a day," he said.

Read the whole article on Mann's talk in Information Week.

Posted by jackhodgson at January 18, 2008 08:29 PM