Email Stress.

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Teachers and administrator have stress all around them.

The beginning of school stress.

Report card stress.Ever Feel Buried?

Parent-Teacher Conference stress.

Holiday stress.

Testing stress.

Way too much free food in the lounge stress.

School Board stress.

Overwhelmed with constantly changing new technology stress.

Contract stress.

Other employee stress.

Senseless meeting stress.

Teacher stress on administrators.

Administrator stress on teachers.

Discipline stress.

Kids with runny noses stress.

Lack of enough snow days stress (the official season of woo-hoo! is about to begin).

End of school stress.

And the list goes on and on.

But #1 on the list comes from an unexpected source.

Email stress.

Electronic mail was supposed to make our lives simpler.  But like with so many things, it has made it more complicated (hello, spam).

Emails are great but they never stop.  Ding.  Ding.  Ding.  Ding.

My inbox makes more noise than junior high boys in the restroom (take my advice… do not go in there)

If you walk away from your computer for 10 minutes you can return to 20 emails.

During the course of writing this blog, I’ve received 12 emails… only 1 was almost important (and it’s Sunday).

Emails multiply like rabbits.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed.

The good news is I think our friends, the tech people, can help (let me… I mean them… help you).

While most people know the basics of email, most don’t go beyond that.

The easiest way to reduce the amount of time you spend on incoming emails is to filter them automatically as they arrive.

This is where you need tech help.

To not only set up your email folders, but to help relieve your stress.

Or some of your stress.

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10 Responses to “Email Stress.”


  1. Melanie
    on Dec 6th, 2010
    @ 5:41 am

    Don’t forget the “one week until maternity leave for 3 months stress”!


  2. Ryan
    on Dec 6th, 2010
    @ 6:15 am

    I think you’re right about the stress that we feel from emails. It seems counter intuitive, but each of those emails demands to be read, probably demands a response, and probably requires work as well. Now, my inbox never has more than 10 messages and I try to empty it at the end of every day. I definitely feel lighter as a result.
    Ryan

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Ryan, Great advice.


  3. Bill
    on Dec 6th, 2010
    @ 7:52 am

    It’s worse if you have a smartphone. Now the e-mails can reach you 24/7, no matter where you are. That little “ding” is so Pavlovian, I can’t resist reaching for the phone to read the e-mail, including when my favorite blog has a new post! ;-)

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Bill, Smart Phones were supposed to make my life easier… but they haven’t.


  4. Jeff Johnson
    on Dec 6th, 2010
    @ 7:55 am

    Like many of you, I receive hundreds of emails a day. This is after the spam filter prevents hundreds more from ever reaching my inbox (our spam filtering level is ~98% – amazing).

    I don’t read most of these messages. I try to take time to selectively filter through and read the most important ones – admitedly, this is semi-effective. But if I do happen to miss (i.e. not read/reply to) an important message, many users (like me – saturated with communications and information) understand and understandingly resend the message or choose an alternative communications method (text, phone, walk to my desk, etc.). Usually, the stuff that matters most finds it’s way to me.


  5. Wozza
    on Dec 7th, 2010
    @ 3:26 am

    Yo dude – feeling a little like Mickey as the apprentice in Fantasia are we? My particular email stress therapy is to recite Bill Murray’s lines from Meatballs, getting louder and louder (It just doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter and on and on) . Kinda like Janov’s primal scream stuff. Very cathartic.

    Having a ball in Al Ain! Spent the weekend in Abu Dhabi seeing the Grand Mosque. Superb. Photos on my blog (she who must be obeyed had to wear an abaya which was cool for me).


  6. Nicolle
    on Dec 9th, 2010
    @ 4:42 am

    Everyone is stressed, plus now the holidays are coming is even stressful. I really like your pic from the post is very suggestive. There are days I feel like this…


  7. Angie
    on Dec 9th, 2010
    @ 3:08 pm

    There’s this guy who teaches administrators to have everything come through secretaries first (including email). She or he responds to or forwards the minutia and then sends the important ones to the administrator. Great idea, but who is really willing to do that?


  8. Marc Powell
    on Jan 13th, 2011
    @ 9:05 am

    As an email expert I know that 62% all business communication happens via email – yet we rarely train our staff how to use this fantastic medium most effectively.

    Our 11 years’ experience shows that people can get in control of their inbox – not let email control them – and that something as simple as email training can reduce stress, improve email clarity and result in better quality of communication.

    At Emailogic we believe that our 90 minute course has the solution to email related stress. Make 2011 the year you get back in contol of email once and for all!

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