In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book, ‘Conquer Your Email Today…because there is no tomorrow‘. Are you paying constant attention to your email? Listen to Dr. Gratias as she expands on her concept of appropriate responsiveness to email.


Excerpt from  ‘Conquer Your Email Today…because there is no tomorrow

In the Harry Potter book series, the irascible Mad Eye Moody admonished young Harry to show “Constant vigilance!”  While constant vigilance is an appropriate response if you have a powerful dark wizard after you, it is not a recommended approach for email management.  In this era of near-constant pinging of email, texts, and instant messages (IMs), it is tempting to feel that you need to be immediately responsive to incoming communications.  There are some jobs for which instantaneous responses may be necessary, but more often the need to respond immediately is assumed or even self-imposed.  Good email maintenance does not mean constant attention to email; it means appropriate attention. How do you define “appropriate” attention?  In most jobs, processing email three to four times a day is sufficient.  However, you may decide to set aside time at the top of every work hour to sort and purge your inbox.

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Dr. Melissa Gratias, MBG Organizing SolutionsDr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website,

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