Can Instant Messaging Help You Regain Control of Your Inbox?

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This is a guest post by Sebastian Bos Sebastian works on behalf of Cryoserver, a leading email forensic archiving solutions company located both in the UK and in the USA.

Instant messaging (IM) has suffered unfairly over the last 20 years, afflicted with a rocky reputation as a social media platform for gossiping teenagers and bored university students. Its abilities as a powerful enterprise collaboration tool have largely been underestimated, with email owning the workplace.

IM has been particularly pigeonholed in the US, where some 70% of teenagers already send more instant messages than emails. With that kind of engrained loyalty, it could be set for a resurgence in the workplace in the near future and could even overtake email as the dominant communication tool.

Why You Shouldn’t Accept Lateness in Your Business

Don_t Accept lateness

I recently attended a business training for 45 people.

I arrived 15 minutes early to the classroom and to my surprise… no one was there. My calendar confirmed that I was at the right location, but not a one of the other attendees or an instructor was present.

It wasn’t until about 2 minutes to the start of the class that someone showed up to start turning on the lights.

When did late become the new normal?

6 Things Successful People Do During Their Lunch Break

Lunch Break

This is a guest post by Madeleine Allann. Madeleine is an academic consultant and an author who mostly writes on education, leadership and social sharing posts. She helps students who feel difficulty in choosing the right field in university and help students regarding their essays at Essay Spot.

Munchin’ on your luncheon might be a healthy habit, depending on how, what, and where you eat.

Different people have different habits in the way they spend their time during lunch breaks. Some may choose to go to a nearby café while others may choose to chit chat with a colleague or two.

Some of the I-totally-love-my-work, professional-nerds might still be stuck to their chairs, trying to complete a task or two.

Instead of a Meeting, Have a Conversation

Instead of a meeting have a conversation

Something urgent has come up!

Oh, there is a problem to be addressed.

Perhaps, there is a decision to be made.

Quick, schedule a meeting!!!

Is this the standard reaction at your organization?

When an issue needs attention, do you reach out to the appropriate individual to address it? Or do you immediately knee-jerk and schedule a group meeting?

Only You Can Quit on Your Dreams

Never Give Up on You

You have a BIG goal.

A dream that you have always wanted to pursue.

Just when you are about to do something about it, someone tells you that it’s imposssible. That it can’t be done. Or maybe that it’s a bad idea.

Suddenly, the wind is out of your sails. The air is let out of your tires. Your motivation fades and you quit on your big idea.

Yet, in this situation, you are the one quitting on yourself.

Sometimes Haste Doesn’t Make Waste

Haste Not Waste

I wrote 7 time management articles yesterday.

It was fast. It was furious. It wasn’t pretty.

The results were good. (And I plan on making them great before publishing.) Yet, the speedy effort blasted through a block of content creation that I was avoiding.

Sometimes haste makes progress, not waste.

How Many Meetings are on Your Calendar this Week?

Too Many Meetings

You are ready to start your week.

You are motivated to pursue your goals.

You are rested and wake up early to get a head start.

Then, you look at your calendar and realize that most of your week is already overrun by appointments. The work week hasn’t even begun, and the majority of your time is already taken.

You ask, “Who scheduled all of these meetings?