Fix Your E-Mail Overload

If you're working in an office and receive e-mail, you probably experienced the following problem: You came back from your relaxing vacation, but your mailbox is overflowing and you start to stress out. So how do you deal with it? Do you start checking work e-mail while on vacation and ruin your vacation? Do you simply not read them or do you read them all?

During a TEDxNashville Talk Erik Qualman tells his solution, which goes like this:

1. When your vacation starts, set your email's vacation auto-responder to say:

Thank you for your email. This mailbox is temporarily full. If your email is important please resend it on [Return Date].

2. When you return, select all the emails you received while on vacation.

3. Delete.