Here is a great productivity article for dealing with email.  Mondays are great for reevaluating what your goals are for the work week and mapping out a plan.  Some practical things to consider include:

  • Check email in batches, rather than fluidly throughout the day. Some experts suggest checking it twice a day. Others, up to five times. But the important thing is efficiency.
  • Minimize exchanges. “Learn to propose, instead of asking questions,” Ferriss says. Instead of asking what time a person can meet for lunch, just jump right in and propose a few times. You can use “if, then” language, for example, “If you can’t meet at 11, how about 12?”
  • Use other forms of communication. E-mail has earned a solid place in the office, but in some cases it’s not the most appropriate form of communication.

    “When you’re overusing it for the petty things — like the guy in the next cubicle — stand up and ask him the question,” says Cherie Kerr, author of “The Bliss or ‘Diss’ Connection: E-mail Etiquette for the Business Professional.”

    She suggests picking up the phone if an e-mail thread gets longer than three back-and-forths.

    “I don’t care how many pieces of technology we have,” she says. “At the end of the day, it’s always going to be about relationships.”

Speaking of relationships, I’ll leave you the wisdom of Michael Scott:

In the end, life and business are about human connections; and computers are about trying to murder you in a lake.