In January 2001, I sold my legal technology consulting business in Atlanta, and moved to Cary, North Carolina, to become the Vice-President of Time Matters Software. I had begun to struggle with the amount of email I was receiving while I was consulting in Atlanta. Stepping into the corporate world magnified my struggles as I now received an inordinate amount of email from the Time Matters consultants I was in charge of, the LexisNexis employees I was working with (Time Matters was in a 3 year partnership that preceded the LexisNexis acquisition of Time Matters), Time Matters clients and prospects, and all the email that flowed throughout an office of 30 employees. After spending another Wednesday night until midnight working through my email, I figured there had to be a better way. The next several months of experimenting and studying lead to my method of RAFTing email that is described in this series of blog posts.
This series of posts mirrors the most current iteration of the white paper I wrote and published in late 2001. It is more relevant today as it was back in 2001. And, I still struggle with the amount of email that I receive and how to handle it. I hope the concepts set forth in the posts will help you manage your email better. My company, OTB Consulting, offers technology and email protocol services and training to assist help you in your journey to an empty Inbox – contact me if you think I can be of assistance.