Trying something new for 30 days

One of the things we tried as part of out in-house ‘digital festival’ was a daily ‘digital cinema’. Basically we booked out our meeting room, supplied popcorn and showed a couple of interesting videos from around the web to whoever showed up.

To be honest it wasn’t a resounding success (unlike the rest of the events which far exceeded my expectations) but the first one did have a good turn out and one of the videos we watched was this one from Matt Cutts about trying something new for 30 days;

Best known for being the face of Google Search online Cutts has a blog full of his 30 day projects and a group of us were inspired (or coerced depending on who you ask!) to try something ourselves.

Lots of people are doing exercise challenges or something creative but I am being dull. My 30 day challenge is;

To be better at handling email.

I’ve always been a bit dismissive of all the GTD and ‘inbox zero’ stuff but as I have written before I have completely lost control of my inbox and so I am going to try the system Zak recommended that way if it is a total disaster I have someone to blame! Given the limitations of Lotus Notes it needs to be something simple and manual. I’m going to spend a bit of time this weekend setting it up to start afresh on Monday.

Alongside this I am also experimenting with using some elements of the Bullet Journal technique for note taking but that might be a step too far:)

2 responses to “Trying something new for 30 days”

  1. You only have yourself to blame trusting me ha!

    Its worth noting that since my comment on the older blog post this method is STILL working for me. I now also receive a greater volume of 20-50 emails per day and the system isn’t creaking – even during a month like this one with me out the office or head deep into bid writing. You can do it!

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