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Rob Zolkos
Works at Copirite
Attended McKinnon Secondary College
Lives in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia


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6 or so years ago I had a blast finally 'getting' Rails. Today I had the same feeling with Angular.

Absolutely love it. 
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I like rails and angular, you can pair them up pretty easily apparently.
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Sharing some of my tips for tackling email effectively.
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Hiking with the Kids

Took the kids to a State Park not far from our place (40 minute drive).  Had a great time.
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44c degrees tomorrow in Melbourne.

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41c in Melbourne today. Moved Pearls daytime bed to the kitchen (the only room with aircon).

She seems happy.

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How I Tackle My Email

We all hate email.  Or at least we should.  It creates work.  It sucks precious time from our day.  It causes endless interruptions if not managed properly.  It can control us.

I have read many a book, blog article and tweet on how to manage emails and thought I would share my recipe for slaying the email monster in an efficient manner.

Don’t have email open all the time and disable email notifications on your devices   

You have zero control over when you receive an email - so the only thing you can control, is to not be notified at all.  It is commonly acknowledged that there is a 10-15minute concentration decay after switching from your work to read/action an email.   These little interruptions add up.  Soon your day is consumed by these interruptions and you end up wondering where your day went.

So when should you check your email?  I check mine twice a day.  At 11am and 4pm.   I block out 30minutes to deal with any emails that have arrived overnight until 11am.  And then any that have arrived between 11am and 4pm.  Is this a hard habit if you have spent the past 10 years checking email every 5 minutes?  Absolutely.  However, I encourage you to at least try this method.  I can guarantee it will make you feel better and more productive when you are in control of your email, not vice-versa.

But what about the “urgent” email?   There really is no such thing.  We have been led to believe there is.  But really, email is just an electronic version of normal mail.   Normal mail gets delivered by the postman around lunchtime.  We do not go out and check the mailbox every 5 minutes.

There are other ways of contacting you if the matter is “urgent”.  Phone and text message.  Obviously, people will try to get you to respond to an “urgent” email.   Don’t fall for it.   As soon as they see you respond to an “urgent” email quickly, every email from then on will be marked as “urgent” to try and get their email actioned before everyone elses.

Unsubscribe, Star Actionable Emails, Archive Ones to Keep, Delete the rest

Get emails from newsletters?  So do I.  I just don’t read them straight away.  I have an email filter sets up so these skip my inbox and go to a ‘Newsletter’ folder.   Then once a week, I go through these.  If there is a newsletter you don’t read anymore - unsubscribe!  By law, all newsletters sent from reputable lists will include an unsubscribe link in their footer.   Click it.

The remainder of the process is quite methodical.  Any emails left over will need to be read.  If the email requires actioning, action it then and there, or ‘star’/‘flag’ it.  Then archive it.   It no action is required then just archive it.

Your email program can show you ‘starred’/‘flagged’ emails that you have archived.  Use that as a list of emails left to action.   Once you action them, un-star/un-flag.

Any emails that do not need actioning or keeping for future reference you can delete.  If unsure of their future value, then archive.  You can always find them again later.

Following these steps should leave you with an empty inbox twice a day.  You will feel like you are back in control. 

How do you tackle your email?

#email   #productivitytips  
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I will try this approach as well. I have tried before but with little success. See how it goes. 
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Amazing how quickly technology progresses.
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Time for the Postie to Go?

Australia Post says back in the 1980s almost all written communication was carried by the post. Today it's less than 1 per cent. And most of it is bills or notices from various levels of government.

Seems to me it should perhaps be reduced to every other day deliveries for starters?
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Greater Market Share does not always mean Better Product

(This was originally posted 20 July 2011 on my old blog, posts from which I'm moving to Google+)

Use of a particular operating system on any platform is largely a matter of personal choice. Sometimes, that choice is made by a business or corporation on behalf of their employees, and other times, individuals can make the choice themselves. I’m often seen tweeting or facebooking the virtues of Apples operating systems and products, often citing increased sales statistics or my own experiences in my message that Apples products give me a better experience than any of the alternatives. However, I often see mention that Android must be better because it has a higher market share. Or Windows is king because it has a higher market share. Higher market share does not always mean better product. A number of variables play part in determining market share. There are many cases where a product with lower market share, is simply the better product.

I will use the analogy of the car market. Australias #1 selling car, the Holden Commodore, sold 45,956 cars in 2010 (in Australia). Ferrari, on the other hand, sold 6,573 cars last year (worldwide). That’s an almost 7 times increase between one model of car from one manufacturer compared to every single car sold from another. A classic example of a better product (in terms of experience, luxury, and in most cases performance) having a lower market share than a competing product.

It is not business rocket science for a vendor to saturate a market with cheap product and grow market share. Selling cheap android handsets is a clear example of this. Numerous reviews have showcased the horrible experience a cheap android product provides. Yet, people continue to quote Androids stunning market share growth as a clear example of a superior product. Not so.

A similar case can be made for the ongoing debate of whether Microsoft Windows operating system is better than Apples OS X. A windows PC can be bought for a mere $199. The same is not true of Apple hardware. It stands to reason that Windows market share will be higher. This does not mean that it is a better product. If you’ve ever had a blue screen of death, had to re-install due to a slow down, or the computer crashing or catching a virus (even though you already had an anti-virus installed), then you will know what I mean.

So, next time you hear “High Market Share means better”, have a think about all the factors that have contributed to the market share number. Product quality and overall joy of use may not rank high in contributing factors, and it may in-fact be a terrible product to use.

#business #marketshare
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Web Developer and Manager. Husband and Father. Aficionado of minimalism and simplicity. Autodidact.
  • McKinnon Secondary College
    Year 10-12, 1990 - 1993
Web Director
Management, Web Development, Productivity, Efficiency and Fun
  • Copirite
    Web Director, 2012 - present
  • 7-Eleven
    Area Manager
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