Email can be overwhelming, and a distraction that makes it nearly impossible to get other tasks done during your normal day. Here’s what works well for Goggi:
Spend the first half hour of your day responding to urgent emails, sorting informative emails you want to keep, and deleting the ones you either don’t need or won’t read.
Disable the new email notification when you are working on complex or critical tasks. Just like the DND button on your phone, consider setting your email to work offline, or completely close it, when you need to focus.
Set your smartphone to only check emails hourly, or manually, so that constant little buzz doesn’t break your routine.
Reserve the last half hour of your day to go through the emails that have accumulated and that you don’t want to make wait until tomorrow.
A SysAdmin has an almost endless list of tasks they must complete on a regular basis. Some are so routine that they can be done while multitasking, others require careful attention to detail and a laser-like focus to ensure that things are done well and completely. While many admins may look at most of the tasks on this list as run of the mill, they frequently present a challenge to others. In this slideshow, Christina Goggi, writing for GFI Software, provides some tips on how to approach them.