Archive for the ‘Email’ Category

A One Minute Reminder about the Two Minute Rule

July 11, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

number2 If you can do it in two minutes or less then just get it out of the way.  This is at the center of most approaches to dealing with tasks and emails.  In the next 45 seconds I want to remind you of its power.

When you read your new email do you read all the messages once and then go back through them?  I do it, too, sometimes—but it’s the death of getting things done.  So here’s a reminder…

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Missed the “Partay”? Here’s the interview from yesterday

July 10, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

Above you’ll find a video from Jonny’s Partay, where I was interviewed on Wednesday, July 9 at 9pm.

There’s a bit of talk about AwayFind, some news about DC, and of course much of what I’ve been up to. From lifehacks to batching email to mobility and travel, hopefully this’ll keep you entertained.

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Friend me, don’t spam me: Facebook & LinkedIn don’t excuse junk

May 15, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

image A couple years ago most people stopped emailing chain letters and jokes. The people I’d fallen out of touch with never sent job listings. But now social networking has brought us a whole new generation of spam.

A word to the wise: just because I accept your friend invitation doesn’t mean that you should bug me with junk you’d never have emailed. Networks may make it easier to message people, but please show a little restraint.

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How to reach out via email without being a kiss-up or a jerk

May 12, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

censored dudeThe only thing that bothers me more than unprofessional email is the junk that people write in them when they’re reaching out to me. So I’m going to address how to write a professional email to someone you have little or no relationship with.

Those who follow half these rules will get a prompt personal response from me–and they’ve always worked for me. So read on, give it a shot, and maybe you’ll land that new client/job/hottie you’ve had your eye on.

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Why AwayFind? To escape from email (quick clip from SOB Con 2008)

May 8, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

AwayFind - away to escape...a way to be found The following is a short video that explains why I created AwayFind (and touches on how to batch your email). I delivered this as a presentation to the School of Blogging Conference in Chicago (under the parameters of 20 slides presented in 5 minutes). I hope you’ll enjoy this, and will participate in the private beta. Feel free to skip to 0:42 for the meat of the presentation…

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Why I hate your email address and how to fix it

May 7, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

Devil @ symbol Most people don’t own their email’s domain (i.e., the part after the @ symbol). Many exclusively use an email address that was provided to them by their internet service provider or place of employment.

This is a wake up call: don’t wait any longer to own and control your email. Here are some scenarios that may fit you, and how to fix things.

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A quick checklist for making your email more professional

April 24, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

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A pet peeve of mine is receiving unprofessional email–but I realize there’s no easy way to learn the subtleties. I’m not talking about email content, but how you format and configure it. This stuff is visible to your recipients and easy to fix. If you’re not familiar with this, then that’s the point–I hope you’ll read on to improve how your email reflects upon you.

Next week I’ll tackle the much harder topic of the email content, but for now…

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Improve the quality of your inbox now–a simple approach to filtering (with video tutorials)

March 31, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

Gmail & Outlook Logos I recently switched applications for my personal email, and have since been on a filtering rampage to improve the quality of the stuff that makes it to my inbox.

My motivation was a change in email tools, but after just a couple weeks of creating filters (taking a grand total of 15 minutes over that time), my inbox is much better than before.

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Got too much email? Discussions and a short video of solutions

March 27, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

A big thank you to Frank Gruber of for posting a video interview of me, which you can find below, discussing the difficulties of staying focused at work with so much email, and how AwayFind can help. This video came at a time when the blogs are aflame with discussions of email management –I address some of the challenges of processing email below.

In his post, which you should check out, Frank describes the AwayFind product, and references an article that’s been getting a lot of attention–Michael Arrington (of TechCrunch) discusses getting too much email.

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Ten reasons to turn off automatic email checking on your phone

March 26, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

image Six months ago I turned off automatic email downloading on my phone; it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Having access to email on the go is helpful (as is web access), but downloading email automatically does more harm than good.

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