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Tips for Taming Your Personal Email Monster

Getting buried in email significantly reduces productivity and causes disorganization, but this doesn't have to be the case. Recently, CMF President and CEO Brad Fitch presented House and Senate staff with information on "Taming Your Personal Email Monster."

For those who couldn't make it to these programs, the handout below offers some tips to better manage your inbox and boost productivity, including how to: minimize interruptions, separate internal and external stakeholders, and turn your inbox into a to-do list. Also included in the handout are links to instructions to walk you through these improvements, step-by-step.

pdf Taming Your Email - Tips and Instructions for Managing Your Inbox (228 Kb)



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Communicating with Congress The Internet forever changed how citizens and Congress interacts. The goal of this project is to facilitate a more meaningful democratic dialogue.


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Gold Mouse Project
Congress should effectively communicate with and serve citizens online. CMF assesses congressional websites to identify best and innovative practices that can be more widely adopted by the House and Senate.


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Inside the Hill
Produced by Founding Partner Fleishman-Hillard, this video series allows you to hear directly from Members and staff on how technology is changing the way Congress works.


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Life in Congress
This novel research project by CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management has two goals: identify the factors that motivate congressional staff and shed some light on Congress as a workplace.


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21st Century Town Hall Meetings CMF seeks to continue our innovative work in this area by conducting comparative research on in-person town halls, online town halls, and telephone town halls.