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Allison Russo
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This reply was originally posted by user ARC in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

While in Human Resources (regularly inundated with calls, emails etc…) I found that setting times to get back to people was the best way to manage their needs and my own. An example would be 8am-9am emails and call backs, 1- 1:30pm email and callbacks, 4-4:30 emails and callbacks. I would leave 4:30-5pm for my last minute details. The tough part was that I could not let myself go over my allotted follow up times I set, so sometimes I would have to email that I was still working on follow up and would respond with an answer before close of business day. People preferred immediate responses, but as they saw I responded consistently had no additional issues with my follow up. Allotting a window of time to myself once a week so that I could catch on, brain storm etc.. also helped me tremendously. Good luck