This post is part of the LinkedIn Bloggers Boost project I wrote about yesterday.
It’s funny (as in odd, rather than necessarily humorous) how we accept that people and things get ordered alphabetically, when that may in fact be a very inconvenient ordering – especially if, like me, your last name starts with one of the last letters in the alphabet. And in fact it is not sensible to accept the idea that because some far off ancestor was a Welshman (origin of the commonly Irish name Walsh), one should take one’s place dutifully at the end of the queue (or ‘line’).
My late father, who was a politician, did not like the way the then electoral system listed candidates on the voting ticket in last name alphabetical order and as I recall – it was a long time ago – his party’s Senate ticket was made up of Messrs Arnold, Amour, Ashley and Grant. The aim would have been to get the so-called ‘donkey vote’ of people who just numbered the ticket from the top, starting with 1. Anyone not an Australian and reading this might wonder what particular form of electoral lunacy engendered this situation, but compulsory voting in a democracy has never, in my experience, been an easy concept to grasp, even for some of us who have grown up with it. I have often wondered whether the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party ran out of people with potential candidates whose surnames started with A, or whether Grant was particularly talented. Or maybe the fourth man (they were all men) was not expected to get a Senate seat and was just going for the gallop.
Anyway, I actually started this post with the intention of writing about email management expert Itzy Sabo’s excellent tip on Email Overloaded on how to reconfigure the folders in Outlook if you don’t want to have them in alphabetical order.
He offers two ways:
- promote a specific folder to the top of the list
- define the position of each folder in the list
He explains how each of these can be implemented.
From that post of Itzy’s, I clicked through to the Claritude Software site, which has email productivity tools, including what looks like a very handy and moderately priced product, SpeedFiler. It’s very late and I’ve been working all day and evening on a presentation for a seminar on Friday, so I’m refraining just now from the tempting offer of a 30 day free trial and will revisit. Given the content of the Email Overloaded (subtitled Coping with Email Overload) site, I was not really surprised to find that Itzy is the founder and owner of Claritude.
You can read Itzy’s interesting story here.
If you can help some of us tame the email monster they should give you a statue or a park named after you, Itzy.