FIL­TER THE CRAP OUT OF YOUR LIFE

Men­tal smog, toxic thoughts and end­less to-do lists – be­ing a grown-up can be tough. Here’s how to de­tox your day-to-day.

Collective Hub - - CONTENTS - WORDS AMY MOL­LOY CHANGE… YOUR VOICE­MAIL MES­SAGE. STOP… LEAKY IN­TER­AC­TIONS. CULL… YOUR CROWD.

In 2014, Coca Cola’s At­lanta HQ did away with voice­mail. Last year, JP Mor­gan fol­lowed suit af­ter em­ploy­ees com­plained it was “an­noy­ing” and “re­dun­dant”. If you feel this way then change your voice­mail mes­sage to po­litely ex­plain so: “I no longer check voice­mail so please send me a text or email and I’ll get back to you.”

Tech de­signer Tris­tan Har­ris, founder of the Time Well Spent move­ment, says we need to use our mo­biles more mind­fully. To pre­vent ‘leaky in­ter­ac­tions’ – when you’re check­ing one app and then another dis­tracts you – he rec­om­mends hav­ing a ‘tools only’ home screen, with four or five es­sen­tial apps such as email and con­tacts. Also, set up short­cuts to your cam­era or clock with­out un­lock­ing your iPhone so you’re not tempted to click else­where.

Do you re­ally need to copy that many peo­ple into an email thread? Lon­don com­pany In­ter­na­tional Power re­duced to­tal email traf­fic by 54 per cent just by en­cour­ag­ing their ex­ec­u­tives to “think twice” be­fore cc’ing or bcc’ing any­one on an email. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner of­fers sim­i­lar ad­vice with his golden rule of email man­age­ment: “If you want to re­ceive less emails, send less emails.” If a con­ver­sa­tion is on­go­ing, in­stead of in­clud­ing oth­ers in the en­tire thread, send them a sum­mary once a de­ci­sion is made.

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