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Dec 26, 2012

A couple of months ago I asked you if you would read over 10.000 e-mails
I explained you my reasons. And I promised to keep you posted with my quest.
For sure you thought that was a rethorical question. And that I was not going to read over 10.000 e-mails. No way!

Right?
Well, you were wrong.
I do keep working on my long-term project. In my inbox are not over 10.000 e-mails any longer. Now they are only 7.385.


It is still too much, for sure. Absolutely too much. Insanely too much. 
But there are almost 3.000 less, in about two and half months of work. And I have to say that in the last two months I got dozens of e-mails every day. But I managed not only to read the important ones, but also to not let the number of the e-mails grow.
I am very happy with the results and I am going to keep working on it.

And now, before you just think of this blogpost like an useless one, ask yourself: which aspects of this mail-project can be applied to other projects, which are more important to you?

#1. Work on it a little bit every day. The key word is "perseverance".
#2. Don't let the amount of work scare you.
#3. Split a very big problem in a lot of smaller problems.
#4. Focus on one small problem at the time, solve it, and then start working on the next one.
#5. Keep track of your results and your progress.

This problem-solving system can be applied to a lot of projects and/or problems: learning a foreign language, taking an online class, becoming a better blogger, losing weight, organizing a very elaborate trip, creating a business plan, writing a book, learning a new skill, etc.
What do you think?
For which projects are you already using this system? Is it working for you?

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Vor ein paar Monaten habe ich Euch zuerst gefragt, ob Ihr bereit wäret, über 10.000 E-Mails zu lesen. Danach habe ich Euch meine Gründe erklärt und zum Schluss habe ich Euch versprochen, Euch auf dem Laufenden zu halten.
Sicherlich habt Ihr gedacht, dass dies nur eine rethorische Frage ist. Und dass ich auf keinen Fall über 10.000 E-Mails lesen würde.

Oder?
Doch, da liegt Ihr falsch.
Ich mache mit meinem langfristigen Projekt weiter und in meinem Posteingang sind jetzt nicht über 10.000 E-Mails mehr zu finden. Es sind jetzt nur noch 7.385.
Natürlich sind es immer noch zu viele. Viel zu viele. Wahnsinnig zu viele.
Wir reden aber über fast 3.000 E-Mails weniger, welche ich in zweieinhalb Monaten gelesen habe.  Dabei habe ich noch nicht mal erwähnt, dass ich in den letzten zwei Monaten jeden Tag dutzende von Mails erhalten habe. Und ich habe es nicht nur geschafft, die wichtigsten E-Mails zu lesen, sondern auch zu vermeiden, dass es noch mehr E-Mails wurden.

Ich bin mit dem Ergebnis sehr zufrieden und werde weiter daran arbeiten.
Und jetzt, bevor Ihr den Blogpost als nutzlos anseht, fragt Euch mal bitte ruhig: Welche Aspekte dieses Projekts können für andere Projekte, die für Euch wichtiger sind, angewandt werden?

#1. Jeden Tag ein bisschen an dem Projekt zu arbeiten. Das Schlüsselwort ist "Ausdauer".
#2. Sich nicht von der Menge an Arbeit erschrecken zu lassen.
#3. Ein sehr großes Problem in kleinere Probleme auftzuteilen.
#4. Die kleinen Probleme eines nach dem anderen zu lösen, und dann sofort an dem nächsten Problem zu arbeiten.
#5. Den Überblick über das Ergebnis und die Fortschritte zu behalten

Dieses System zum Problemlösen kann man für zahlreiche Projekte und/oder Probleme anwenden. Einige Beispiele? Eine Fremdesprache zu lernen, einen Online-Kurs zu belegen, ein besserer Blogger zu werden, Gewicht abzunehmen, eine komplizierte Reise zu organisieren, einen Geschäftsplan zu erstellen, ein Buch zu schreiben, neue Kenntnisse zu gewinnen, usw.
Habt Ihr eine Meinung dazu?
Für welche Projekte benutzt Ihr das System schon? Funktioniert es?

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Un paio di mesi fa vi ho chiesto se sareste pronti a leggere oltre 10.000 e-mails e vi ho spiegato i motivi per cui io volevo farlo. E vi ho promesso di tenervi al corrente.
Sicuramente avrete pensato che si trattasse di una domanda retorica. E che non avrei letto oltre 10.000 e-mails.

Giusto?
Beh, vi siete sbagliati.
Sto continuando con il mio progetto a lungo termine e nella mia posta in entrata non ci sono più oltre 10.000 e-mails. Ora sono 7.385.
Certo, sono sempre troppe. Decisamente troppe. Assurdamente troppe.
Ma sono quasi 3.000 in meno, in circa due mesi e mezzo di lavoro. Senza contare che negli ultimi due mesi ho ricevuto decine di e-mails ogni giorno e che sono riuscita non solo a leggere le e-mails importanti, ma anche a fare in modo che il numero di e-mails non crescesse.
Sono molto contenta dei risultati e continuerò a lavorarci su.

Ora, prima di considerare questo post inutile, fatevi una domanda: quali aspetti di questo progetto possono essere applicati ad altri progetti, più importanti per voi?

#1. Lavorare un po' ogni giorno. La parola chiave è "costanza".
#2. Non lasciarsi spaventare dalla mole di lavoro.
#3. Suddividere un problema molto grande in problemi più piccoli.
#4. Risolvere i problemi più piccoli uno a uno, per poi passare al problema successivo.
#5. Tenere traccia dei risultati e dei progressi.

Questo sistema può essere applicato a tantissimi progetti e/o problemi: imparare una lingua straniera, seguire un corso online, diventare un blogger migliore, perdere peso, organizzare un viaggio molto complesso, preparare un business plan, scrivere un libro, acquisire nuove competenze, etc.
Che ne pensate?
Per quali progetti state già utilizzando questo sistema? Sta funzionando?

Tags: E-Mail, Goal, Inbox, Problem-solving, Ziel, Posteingang, Posta in entrata, Obiettivo, Risultato

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