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Guarding My Time and Energy, Part I: Going #LessEmail

I don’t feel comfortable going #NoEmail, but I certainly use email for many things for which it is not the right tool and still spend too much time managing it. So beginning August 21, I will be checking my email only twice a day, and replying to emails almost never. My plan is to use email almost exclusively for long-form communication with trusted family, friends, and colleagues.

“But what will you do instead?” you might ask.

For urgent communication, I will be available by text.

For less urgent, short-form, private, and near-synchronous communication, I will be available via Facebook Messenger, Twitter DM, Skype, and LinkedIn.

For to-do management and note-taking, I will use Google Keep; my structure and methods for using it will be Bullet Journal-inspired. (Expect a future blog post about this.)

For tracking appointments, library book due dates, and event invitations, I will use Google Calendar.

For sharing files and collaborating on documents, I will use Google Drive or Dropbox.

For getting news from organizations, I will use social media and RSS.

For getting news from artists, I will use Patreon.

This is the first post in a series. Next up: opting out of the 24 hour news cycle.

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  1. I’ll never be able to check my email that infrequently at my current job- it’s the primary way that coworkers and students get in contact with me. I would love for you to update everyone on how Google Keep is working for you. I use Microsoft One Note for my lists and lesson plans and am curious to see if Google keep would be a better platform (my school is one to one with Chromebooks and is completely integrated with all things Google).

    • If I were in K-12 still, there’s no way I would attempt this. I might shoot for once an hour, and never at home. I think Google Keep isn’t robust enough for lesson plans the way I write them – I would use Google Drive for that with a 1:1 Chromebook implementation. But I’ll certainly write about how I’m using it.

  2. I’ll never be able to check my email that infrequently at my current job- it’s the primary way that coworkers and students get in contact with me. I would love for you to update everyone on how Google Keep is working for you. I use Microsoft One Note for my lists and lesson plans and am curious to see if Google keep would be a better platform (my school is one to one with Chromebooks and is completely integrated with all things Google).

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