Make your life better by sending five simple emails
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
I was cynical going into this article but actually I see it.
Email can improve happiness, job, growth, friendship, and career if used correctly.
haha, Adam is mentioned!
I think he meant Grant instead of Panda....“But I don’t know what to say.” Do any little thing that benefits them, not you. Try Adam Rifkin’s 5 minute favor.
One of my personal favorites is probably Adam Rifkin’s idea of the “Five-Minute Favor” (if you can do something for someone that will take less than five minutes, just do it.) A lot of people look at the idea of helping others and say, “Gosh, that’s going to be time consuming, or exhausting, or put me at risk of being exploited.” I think that Adam’s idea sort of enables us to a sense of, “What if I just took a couple minutes every day to try to help someone in a way that it’s sort of a small commitment to me, but could be of large benefit to them?”
Every day is an opportunity to learn:
Any person lucky enough to have had one great teacher who inspired, advised, critiqued, and had endless faith in her student’s ability will tell you what a difference that person has made in her life. “Most students who become interested in an academic subject do so because they have met a teacher who was able to pique their interest,” write Csikszentmihályi, Rathunde, and Whalen. It is yet another great irony of the giftedness myth: in the final analysis, the true road to success lies not in a person’s molecular structure, but in his developing the most productive attitudes and identifying magnificent external resources.
Weekly summary emails for your boss, written in an easy to understand and compare way telling not so much what, but why the things are important are the best thing you can do in any job.
One of the earliest tools at Google was a script that assembled these into a digest and web page.
I love email.
You do love email, but do you ever get overwhelmed by it?
You're very lucky, my friend. I know lots of people who are overwhelmed by email.