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A short one this week.
Last week’s newsletter here.

Our own stuff:

We wrote a new article on ‘How to Email’. Video hopefully somewhere this week! 🙂

 

What we read this week and upcoming reads:

Finished reading HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself – as usual great content by HBR. Also started listening to HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy.

Next read is HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People.

Books wishlist – let us know which ones we should read!

Our favourite books on Kit.com:

 

Interesting Youtube videos:

The following is a talk by our friend Alexis on his journey building and growth hacking MadPaws. Very interesting so if you have the time, check it out for sure!

Where I’ll be next week:

Check out what events I’ll attend next week here: http://readroute.com/calendar/

Come say hi!

How to email

Email can be a hassle – research shows that we spend approximately 30% of our work time on email. That’s 13 hours per week!

This articles has some tips to reduce that time as well as spend it more effectively and follow up structurally.

There’s 3 things to keep in mind when emailing:

– getting your message across effectively

– structuring your mailbox(es) so you don’t do things more than once, can find stuff easily later and can follow up on your emails strucurally

– make sure email doesn’t disturb you

General tip: learn keyboard shortcuts for the email program you use. It’s faster to type a shortcut than it is to move your mouse and click something. Also applies to every other program you use. Keep this graph in mind:

(source: https://xkcd.com/1205/)

Your message

The subject line is the first thing people read – use it wisely!

Have some keywords in there so you can search for the email later on if you have to. For example, a project name or number.

What do you want the recipient to do with your email. Is it a request? Action? Info? Put it in the subject line & make it clear.

Put the cliff notes up front so people read the most important things for sure.

Structure your message properly using The Pyramid Principle.

Write shortly and consisely. People don’t want to read a long email with fancy words and long sentences.

Provide alternatives and limit the total amount of emails sent. Example:

Can we have a meeting?

(que 10 emails back and forth to schedule a meeting time)

vs.

Can we have a meeting?

Some possible times for me are X,Y,Z.

If these times work, please send me a calendar request.

If these times don’t work, please provide 3 alternatives between now and then.

If not, a phonecall tomorrow or thursday?

Structuring your mailbox

We mentioned before to use the subject line – applies for structure as well.

Have one (or more) mailbox ‘Waiting for (reply)’ and go through it daily.

Even better: set up reminders using outlook (right click message – follow up – set date) or a service like followup.cc so you can send reminders when people don’t reply to your emails.

I apply the following rules from Getting Things Done to my mailbox:

The 2min rule prevents me from reading emails twice or thinking about what I have to do more than once.

If I will do something later, I make sure to label my task clearly so I don’t have to read the whole email again and know immediately what to do if I look at the task at hand.

Email & notifications

1 tip: turn everything off. Check email when you want to check email and not when it arrives in your inbox and the notification pops up.

Notifications are interruptions to your work and take you out of flow. You want to stay in flow.

More on this in our article on iPhone settings for maximum productivity and flow.

Books that helped us spend less time on email

 Made To Stick and the SUCCES-model mentioned in the book helped me to get my message to stick.

The principles from Getting Things Done helped me in structuring my work and email.

On writing well is a great book on writing and works just as well for email.

 The Pyramid Principle helps you structurize your writing.

What tips will you implement?

Do you have other tips that aren’t listed in this article?

Further reads

HBR’s How to Write Email with Military Precision article

Our own ‘iPhone settings for maximum productivity and flow

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I figured there’s no reason not to do a weekly newsletter kind of thing. I also don’t want to let it go to waste in your inbox so crossposting it here! 🙂

If you know someone who’ll benefit from reading this, please tell them about us 😉
Last week’s newsletter here.

 

Upcoming content:

In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to write articles and produce videos about the following:

  • Lifehack: iPhone keyboard shortcuts
  • Lessons from business for your personal life – Finance
  • How to keep a structured reading list
  • Vlogging & Self development – Lessons after 1 month
  • How to email

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and this newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it 😉

Ideas for content are – of course – more than welcome!

 

What we read this week and upcoming reads:

Finished Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and almost finished Plato’s Republic. Both are very good reads and I get why they are deemed classics. They make you think and the fact that both of them are centuries old are even more impressive.

Upcoming reads are 3 books from the HBR ’10 Must Reads’ Series:

Books wishlist – let us know which ones we should read!

Our favourite books on Kit.com:

 

Interesting reads:

How Dropbox, Airbnb, Groupon and others acquired their first users

The Disruptors Handbook – a website with a bunch of short ebooks on different subjects.

If you want a short explanation of Ethereum, why and how it’s different than bitcoin, read this article.

 

Interesting Youtube videos:





Where I’ll be next week:

Check out what events I’ll attend next week here: http://readroute.com/calendar/

Come say hi!

Weekly Wednesday 003

I figured there’s no reason not to do a weekly newsletter kind of thing. I also don’t want to let it go to waste in your inbox so crossposting it here! 🙂

 

If you know someone who’ll benefit from reading this, please tell them about us 😉
Last week’s newsletter here.

 

We redesigned our homepage – let us know what you think!

 

The books page is up next – basically starting from scratch and linking it to a database so we can put up content more easily.

 

LEARN

Interesting infographic about megatrends and future technologies (click)

Tim Ferriss’ Fear{less} first episode aired. You can watch it here.

CGP grey did a video on how not to be happy – try doing the opposite 😀

I was impressed by these new images of Jupiter

How social media can make us feel sad:

Science of Persuasion – taken from Influence – a great book by Robert Cialdini:

What we read this week and upcoming reads:

Almost finished The Tao of Seneca and can definitely recommend this book on stoicism.
Makes you think about a lot of things. Bite-sized content (letters) makes it easy to consume.

Upcoming reads are  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and Plato’s Republic.

 

Books wishlist – let us know which ones we should read!

 

Our favourite books on Kit.com:

FUN

Youtube channels/video’s I’m really enjoying this week:

Chicken Connoiseur – what a legend.

WHERE I’LL BE NEXT WEEK

Check out what events I’ll attend next week here: http://readroute.com/calendar/

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I figured there’s no reason not to do a weekly newsletter kind of thing. I also don’t want to let it go to waste in your inbox so crossposting it here! 🙂
If you know someone who’ll benefit from reading this, please tell them about us 😉
Last week’s newsletter here.

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Our Stuff

Our favourite books on Kit.com:

In case you missed it last week(s):

What do you want to see a video on?

Reading

This week:

Jack: Straight from the gut – interesting story with some great lessons for business and leadership
HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership – ongoing but it’s basically HBR’s top articles on leadership. Not bad 😉

Upcoming reads:
Some classics this week!
The Tao of Seneca
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Plato’s Republic

Books wishlist – let us know which ones we should read!

Other stuff

17 Small actions that will make your work day incredibly meaningful

Fun

Youtube

Shameless plug – my own channel.

Kaptainkristian

Music


RANDOM

I’m a big fan of Wattcost and preordered one. It’s a device that figures out your home and let’s you save electricity and thus money and the planet.

I vlog’d about it here.

If you’re keen to order one, you can do so here. We both get 15$ off if you use this link 😉

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