Emails sucking all your attention?
Notifications pinging into your inbox, on your phone?
Looking at your emails as they drop into your inbox is a sure-fire way to waste your valuable time.
Your time is a precious and finite resource – once it’s gone, you never get it back.
One of the simplest changes you can make to start to take control of your email habits. By getting strategic in how you manage your emails, you can actually free up several hours a month.
Imagine what you could do with 3 extra hours each month? And when I use this figure of 3 hours a month, I am being ultra-conservative.
My clients tell me, and from personal experience, I can confidently say most people save an extra 8 hours a month – that’s a whole extra business day!
3 Email Management Tips
1) Set designated times – for checking your emails.
First thing in the morning, midday and before you finish for the day works well for most businesses.
If possible, shut down your email in between those times. That way you are not tempted to peek at them as the notifications come in. Because no matter what your intention is, you’ll spot it out of the corner of your eye.
The saying “momentum goes where attention flows” is spot on.
Even if just for a few seconds those distractions soon add up over the course of the day. Imagine how much time it adds up to over a week and a month!
2) If you need to refer to information in your emails – switch to offline mode.
This will allow you access to all your information whilst also ensuring you are not distracted by incoming email.
3) Quick flick tasks – when going through your emails, if there are some that you can deal with via a quick response, do this immediately.
It’s quicker than flagging for follow-up and then having to come back to it later.
What will you do with the extra time you save? Hit reply and tell me in the comments.
Fly like a dragon!
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