It’s the first thing I do in the morning…and I keep up with it all day. It’s my daytimer, my reminders, my to-do list, my address book, and my calendar. I curry it, preen it, harvest it, and cull it’s ranks constantly.
Oh, I keep to-do lists, a calendar, and a long- and short-range goal notebook too, but email is at the heart of it. I use Comf5 mostly, Gmail, and Outlook occasionally.
I have my most of my social networks send me email notices and even smartphone notifications when anything happens on those platforms. That way, if something gets deleted on those media, I still have an email copy.
Like ISDN, many and vociferous are the voices claiming email will go away. My college-age daughter says when she wants to get in touch with old people, she sends email. Otherwise, it’s FaceBook for her. As far as I’m concerned, she’s missing out.
My POINT is…don’t ignore your email. Sure, there’s plenty of spam, and lots of fluff…but pay attention…there are valuable nuggets buried therein!
In the last week, I’ve gotten pertinent updates on changes to FaceBook, SlideShare, Source-Connect, CamTasia, and several other software and online products I use, and all those notices came through email.
I’ve also gotten — just this week — three unsolicited offers for work from people I’ve never heard of before, and who chose to make initial contact with me through email.
I handle official documents, contracts, invoices, W-9′s, Non-Disclosure Agreements, scripts, and endless negotiations through email. For that reason, I keep handy .pdf/.doc conversion software, and bring a portable hand-scanner with me wherever I go.
I use my smartphone as a scanner as well, and tie all my connections into DropBox, SugarSync, Box.net, SpringPad, or Evernote. ALL of those accesible to send and receive through email addresses. I can even post to my Voice-Over Friends FaceBook Group with email. You can too…the address is listed at the top of the page. It’s: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It goes on and on and on!
Are you doing all this? Am I missing something that works for you?