I started a new job a month ago and working across different offices and businesses is new to me. Information overload however isn't (one of the questions I get asked the most is: 'how do you find time to tweet / blog / think?) and so I'm trying to apply some of the tricks I have picked up over the years to help give stucture, discipline and best practice to my work in communications.
Here is an article called the Email Charter which lists 10 commandments of email best practice. Worth a read. As the giver, respect recipients' time, and don't be open ended. As a receiver, cutting contentless responses is a good rule of thumb too.
And this piece in the Harvard Business Review takes a fresh look at discipline and using food and diet as an analogy, it gives three rules of best practice to adding discipline and focus to work. Very much applicable to life as a communications consultant. Have fig big to-do items for your year and make everything flow from them; share your commitments; and make your to do list your calendar.
This last point leads me to a new service I'm hoping to try out soon called Zendone. It joins your to do list with your calendar. As someone who uses the cloud (namely Evernote) to manage my to do list, I would find this way of turning actions into time slots a neat way to better manage things. Here's to that Beta invite hey guys :)
Here's the Zendone promo video for happy GTD viewing: