Top Email Do’s and Don’ts

Good old email. While there is a wide variety of ways we can communicate with one another, email remains the primary vehicle for the written word, especially in business. And yet, even though — or maybe because — it’s so easy to fire off a quick email, it seems that clear, concise communication is hard to come by these days.

If you’re finding that your inbox is fuller than ever, but it’s taking longer and longer to get the information you need, or to even get a response at all, it may be time to examine your email habits. Over the course of my career, I’ve learned what makes for a successful email exchange, and just as important, what can cause the dreaded email fail.

Following are my top email Do’s and Don’ts for successful communication. Continue reading “Top Email Do’s and Don’ts”

A Cure for the Sunday Night Blues

It’s Sunday evening.

The weekend is coming to an end, so your attention starts to turn to Monday morning and the (gulp) monumental to-do list that will greet you.

Your mood begins to change, and a feeling of anxiety, even dread, starts to wash over you.

You’ve got a case of the Sunday Night Blues. (Yep, it’s a real thing. There’s even a full-fledged Wikipedia entry dedicated to it).

I want to help my clients avoid the SNB’s, so I examined what our typical Monday mornings are comprised of. One of the tasks I do for pretty much every client (as well as myself) is send out their weekly to-do list.

While this is an effective and well-established practice, I realized the anticipation of a new, seemingly endless, list of tasks would be sitting in their in-box was a big contributor to those Sunday Night Blues.

So I asked myself: if a looming list of to-do’s causes feelings of dread and helplessness,  what would evoke the opposite? Why not flip the switch? Continue reading “A Cure for the Sunday Night Blues”