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Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft® Outlook® to Organize Your Work and Personal Life by Lothar Seiwert and Holger Woeltje

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It’s Not the Email Messages, It’s How We Handle Them

Now that we’ve named the problems that prevent us from working effectively, let’s find their causes. What is our part in the problems? Are we causing them or making them worse? If we can’t prevent or eliminate them, we must accept them and change our way of handling them.

Don’t Let Yourself Get Distracted

Let’s start with the distractions: Do you really need to check email constantly and answer right away without finishing other tasks in peace? Or could it just be a bad or debilitating habit? Or maybe it’s a subconscious attempt to dodge the task at hand? What would be the worst thing that could happen if you simply ignored the inbox for the next two hours? Usually the answer is “Nothing.” On ...

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