Many factors are eroding the boundaries between work time and the many other times that make up a meaningful, fulfilling and fun life. Global workforces on duty 24/7, mobile devices that allow work to happen any time and anywhere, and increasing demands to catch up or keep up all contribute to folks all over the developed world working more and being busier. One of the biggest threats to that mythical being called work-life balance, however, is e-mail.
Scheduling and delaying email allows you to work whenever it’s most convenient — without losing your free time or letting other people know that you’re working at 12:38 a.m. on Wednesday. Don’t Send That E-Mail — Yet! — shows you how to schedule and delay email delivery in Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Apple (Mac) Mail and on your mobile device. There’s even a little bonus chapter for those devious folks who want to use these tips to make it look like they’re working when they’re not. Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations make it easy for you to start scheduling emails right […]
In the past, I have bemoaned the death of the weekend, and I have said that its untimely demise is, in part, our own fault. If we weren’t always sending, reading and replying to emails when we need to be off the clock, we wouldn’t be — ahem — sending the message that our time is infinite and worthless. I’m going to take a departure from my usual tone in these next couple posts to give you some very practical and concrete advice about how to handle this problem. Everyone talks about the power of “now,” but I’m going to […]
People in corporations and other organizations often feel that they have no control over the culture in which they work, and that they are victims of it. I’d like to present an alternative viewpoint and some specific ways that individuals can change organizational culture. If you’ve spent any time at all in organizations, especially corporations, you’ve probably noticed something called culture. Though there’s a lot of debate about what culture actually is, most organizational effectiveness nerds (I count myself among them) agree that it’s at least partially defined by how the humans in the organization behave — especially how they […]