WIS Perspective: An editorial on e-mail stress

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - If you're like me, your bloated email inbox is a source of great stress. Seems no matter how hard I try to keep up, clean out and prioritize, that inbox gets the best of me. And it's really no comfort to know that I'm not alone in this struggle. According to tech Website Royal Pingdom, over 100 trillion emails were sent globally in 2010, translating to an average of 110 emails sent and received daily by each email user.

All this email traffic results in a loss of work productivity and control over our personal lives, and social media such as Facebook just doesn't help the situation.

If you're looking for some suggestions on how to manage your inbox and get more control over your email life, here's what email expert Marsha Egan recommends. First, set priorities by creating folders for items that require action and delete what you don't need. Next, get rid of those annoying email "pings" or alerts that interrupt you constantly. Egan said it takes the average person four minutes to recover from any interruption, so you can imagine what this does for your productivity. Last but not least, limit the number of times you check email throughout the day, making sure to sort those messages to stay on top of the cyber pile.

Or even better… Next time you want to communicate with a friend or co-worker, pick up the phone or walk down the hall and actually talk to someone.

That's my perspective, what's yours?

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