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Dan Newberry
University of Sheffield staff developer
University of Sheffield staff developer

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Or there is also a Gmail Essentials course, which also has a link to an Advanced tips and tricks. Time to work on those filters? Or hit archive/delete?

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If answering my previous post has been a shock for anyone, you may be interested in this video, from an Efficient Time Management course.

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I'm writing a session on personal effectiveness, and I'm interested how full email inboxes get. It would be great if you could tell me using the linked (confidential) Google form, how many are in yours!

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We want to hear your views on development!

The 2016 Staff Survey highlighted that only three quarters of staff found it easy to identify and access development opportunities and resources. We want to make sure that development is accessible to all our staff and that is focussed in the right way, including considering how development can better support staff given the challenges faced by the University.

We will be holding three sessions:
24 August - 12:30-14:00 (Alfred Denny Conference Room)
25 August - 12:00-13:30 (John Carr Design Suite, Portobello Centre)
15 September - 14:30-16:00 (John Carr Design Suite, Portobello Centre)

We will provide tea and coffee at the events, but please feel free to bring your lunch if you wish.

We look forward to seeing you!

I've been accused by colleagues of boasting about this, which I kind of am, but it's more because I've surprised myself.

I've managed to get through a week of ending each day with an empty inbox! It wasn't easy to do day 1, but after that it has got a bit easier. Admittedly I was starting from a position of having about 20 emails hanging around in my inbox, but this was from following the principles below.

So how did I do it? On the day I started, I spent some time going through my inbox, as I realised that a lot of the emails I had kept were for things that had passed, or that I no longer needed. These got archived.

The next group of emails, were a small group that needed replies writing. So I sent the replies.

The next group were ones that needed me to do something before replying. I added the relevant task to my to-do list, and then archived the email. If I needed to update the sender when I had done something, this became part of the task in my to-do list.

Now, when new emails come in, my "triage" process is as follows:
1. Does it require me to do anything? If no, read it and archive it.
2. Does it require a reply? If I can do this quickly, write the reply and archive the email.
3. Does it require me to take further action? If yes, the task goes on the to-do list and the email is archived.

My inbox is now something that I use to receive work, but I keep track of it in my to-do list.

Anyone willing to share how many emails are in your inbox? Do you think you could clear them out?

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You may not realise it, but we are all biased.

Our brains make judgements and decisions about people and situations really quickly, without us being aware that this is happening. These judgements and decisions are affected by our unconscious biases, which are influenced by things we have experienced, our upbringing and our cultural background.

Sometimes these biases are at odds with the beliefs that we consciously hold. The result of this is that these unconscious biases may negatively influence the decisions that we make, and they may not be as objective as we think.

As it is the time of year when thoughts turn to SRDS, and making decisions about the feedback to provide to colleagues, it may be timely to review the ways in which biases affect decision making. To support you in this, why not complete the new and updated "Understanding Unconscious Bias" module on MOLE?

For general SRDS skills development, the SRDS section of Development Everywhere ( has been updated and includes a flowchart to help you to select the resources you need.

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We're having a University building themed Lego lunch on 5 May. Why not come and join us, and help us get the full #ShefUniPicture

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I read about this method of managing email in the paper over the weekend. Has anyone tried it? If it inspires you to have a go, I would love to hear your experiences!

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You hopefully seen the email from Professor Shearer West and Andrew Dodman this morning about the 2016 Staff Survey, but please do take the time to have a look at the webpages and be ready for the survey to be emailed out next week. #ShefUniPicture

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There are still places at the Thirty30 Launch party on Monday, to celebrate the range and quality of development at the University, that you all contribute to. We would love to see you there. There will be cake and goody bags, as well as a fun experiential learning activity for you to take part in.

Hope to see you there.
Thirty30 Launch Party
Thirty30 Launch Party
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