Productivity

Focus On Offline Work To Stay Productive When Your Email Crashes

The recent Gmail outage put a giant productivity wall in front of a whole lot of people, but over at Harvard Business our own Gina Trapani suggests that an email outage can be turned into a productivity boost with the right plan.

First, we should point out that you’ve got plenty of ways to access Gmail next time it goes down, but let’s say you’d rather go straight into getting stuff done rather than trying your luck at alternate methods of accessing Gmail. You’ve still got lots of options. Gina recommends turning “the email outage lemon into a tall glass of productive lemonade” with tips like:

Review your to-do and projects lists. If your email’s inaccessible but your to-do list and calendar are not, an email break is a perfect time to step back and review your current lists of working and upcoming projects and next actions. Productivity guru David Allen recommends doing this review weekly; but any unexpected downtime is a fine time to prune, articulate and refine tasks and projects. Take the opportunity to check your calendar and and update meeting agendas, schedules, and project timelines—as well as think about when and how to spend the rest of the year’s vacation days, too.

In fact, the list reads a lot like ways to stay productive when the internet goes down—which should give you some idea of just how important our email is to our day-to-day work.

If you were affected by the latest Gmail outage, let’s hear how you stayed productive in the comments.

Turn an Email Outage into a Productivity Boost [Harvard Business]