Let’s take a trip back to the Nineties…
Lisa Franks notebooks, dolphin binders, and scented Strawberry Shortcake stickers. Girls were getting their noggins bonked with the colored acrylic balls from their rubber bands, and boys were tripping over those dreadful JNCOs.
And as the Beanie Baby frenzy was sweeping the nation, the phrase “You’ve got mail” was being heard in homes everywhere.
At first, emails were slow… people were still getting used to the technology, so receiving an email was very exciting. I remember people joking about getting up to pee in the middle of the night, and checking their email…. just in case. Before long, people were leaving their email, and their instant messengers open all the time, just so they’d know if someone messaged them. Heck I remember the “uh-oh” sound from ICQ, to this day!
Become the boss of your email, not the other way around!
We were primed to respond instantly. But our emails no longer drift in like a leaf at the beginning of autumn. Now they come in every few minutes, several at a time. Newsletters, sales notices, blog posts, spam, and sometimes (if we’ve been very, very good) we may even hear from a friend.
Times sure have changed!
You’re a busy woman. You don’t have time to be a slave to the computer, or to wait anxiously for an expected email. You’ve got projects to finish, kids to feed, and the library just called to let you know a book is waiting for you behind their desk.
When I first started my business, I felt like I needed to leave my email open 24/7… literally. I mean, what terrible misfortunes would befall me if I missed responding to an email within the first 5 minutes of receiving it? Even Lemony Snicket would be unable to conjure the consequences to such an unfortunate event.
I don’t do that anymore.
There’s something about hearing your email go off every few minutes, that quickly sucks the fun out of… ohhhh everything. Suddenly, what used to be enchanting is almost burdensome.
It’s a productivity killer too!
When you’re stopping every two seconds to go see what just came in, it’s really hard to get anything done. Worse still, when you’re waiting for a particular email to come in, it’s aggravating darting to the inbox just to see another email that isn’t what you’re looking for.
What’s a Cheeky Guide?
The first thing you should know is that because I have 5 kiddos, I really get the time-crunch that moms have. Let’s face it… women are busy today… kids, husbands, dogs, church, clients… there’s just not a lot of downtime. And the last thing you want to do is spend hours reading about email, when you could be kicking it with a fairy queen and court intrigues.
So it’s a quick read! And of course, it’s fun, and quirky. And best of all? It’s easy on the budget, at $9.99.
Hi! I’m Amanda Sue, the quirky brain behind Cheeky Visionaries. I know what it’s like to run a business, maintain a house, keep the kids entertained/fed/educated, all while maintaining partial sanity.
I’m the awkward generation… the generation that remembers what it was like before tech invaded every second of our day, but who’s also quick to try the latest iGadget. I remember sitting at my Dad’s computer for hours, with a book in my hands, feeding floppy disk, after floppy disk, after floppy disk into our tiny little Performa.
Now, I help creative women (like you!) put systems in place that will allow them to spend more time with their precious family, and more time to finally read those library books!
- How to determine what email addresses you need for your business (I even explain specifically what addresses I use for my own business)
- What addresses should be a paid business account, and which can be a free account
- Where to get paid accounts, and where to get free accounts
- A clear step-by-step system for clearing out the emails that are overwhelming your inbox
- Habits to put into place, that will keep your email from getting out of hand again
- BONUS: Setting Up Google Biz Email
- BONUS: Setting Up Thunderbird
- BONUS: The Cheeky Guide to Email Checklist
Amber Lynn Benton
I have finally gotten the hang of Thunderbird and multiple email addresses and now have only one super secret email that about 10 people have that forwards to my phone. When I first started this I had way over 10,000 emails in my inbox and told Amanda I felt like I was in a box. I'm now out of the box and I love it!