Take back control this Spring! 

Published: March 27, 2023

Taking control of your email inbox.

As someone who deals with a lot of emails, I know how overwhelming it can be to look at your inbox and see hundreds of unread emails. Even if you take the time to read each one, organising them into folders and keeping track of important messages becomes an even bigger challenge. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help manage your email inbox more effectively:
One of the most effective ways to stay organized is by setting up filters that automatically sort incoming emails based on certain criteria. This allows you to quickly identify what needs attention right away and what can wait until later. Additionally, setting up rules for outgoing emails can help keep conversations in order and make sure you don’t miss any replies or important updates from your contacts.
Another great way to manage your email inbox is to use the “star” or flagging system, which allows you to mark emails for follow-up and easily locate them later. This is especially useful when dealing with multiple conversations at once, as it can help you keep track of who you’ve responded to and what still needs a reply.
Finally, don’t forget the power of labelling! If you’ve got a specific policy for the storage and retention of data, it’s important to make sure that you follow this up in your email inbox too. You can set retention labels in your outlook mailbox following the instructions here: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-US/microsoft-365/compliance/retention?view=o365-worldwide. Labels can also help you classify documents more easily – you can find out more about this process here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/118708
With these tips, you can keep your inbox organized and save yourself the stress of trying to locate a specific email. So why not take some time out today to make sure your emails are properly sorted and labelled – it’ll be worth it in the long term!

Taking control of your calendar.

Managing your work calendar effectively is key to both completing essential tasks in a timely manner and making sure that you are taking breaks for yourself. To do this, you must take a systematic approach with clear objectives in mind. Start by breaking down large projects into smaller, more manageable chunks of tasks. Assign deadlines to each task so that you can track progress and ensure the entire project stays on track.
If possible, break up larger tasks into shorter time intervals such as fifteen minutes or half an hour sessions. Perhaps consider adopting the Pomodoro technique – you can find out more about that here: https://www.personallyvirtual.co.uk/blog/can-pomodoros-make-you-more-productive/. This will allow you to focus on one task at a time without feeling overwhelmed or overworked. In addition, make sure that you are scheduling regular breaks throughout your day in order to give yourself some quality downtime away from work-related activities.
When creating your work calendar, it is important to include more than just tasks. You should also plan for extracurricular activities that help rejuvenate your energy such as meditation, physical activity (even a simple walk!), or hobbies. It’s so easy to think that a work-life balance is achievable for everyone else in the world except you, but you can achieve a greater balance with a little bit of planning!

Finally, be sure to incorporate effective time management strategies into your daily routine. Start by setting realistic goals and deadlines for yourself, as well as holding yourself accountable for meeting them on time. Additionally, learn how to say “no” if something does not fit within the scope of what you are capable of doing in a given day. Doing so will ensure that you are not overburdened with too many tasks at once and can stay on top of your work calendar.
By following these tips, you can effectively manage your work calendar and make the most out of your time. Taking breaks, setting realistic goals, and implementing effective time management strategies are all key components to success in any area of life. With a system in place, you will be able to stay productive and enjoy some leisurely activities along the way. It’s a win-win, and we love those!