11 Ways the Most Productive People Handle Their Emails
Even though it’s meant as a tool for productivity, email end up as nothing more than a distraction. Productivity expert Jocelyn K. Glei explains how to use email more effectively in her book ‘Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done.’
They prioritize their replies
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Consider your relationship to the sender when you’re going through your messages. Answer an email to your boss quickly and thoughtfully, but don’t kill yourself over your wording to someone you’ve never met—in fact, you shouldn’t feel obligated to reply to everyone in the first place. “Your working life and your credibility are built on relationships—be mindful of them,” writes Glei.
They don’t let email keep them from real work
“If you got 200+ letters a day, you would never think it was realistic to respond to all of them. Why should email be any different?” writes Glei. “Politely responding to every single email you receive is all well and good, but not if it makes you a stranger to your own goals.” Find out more about why emails are so tempting and how to handle your inbox strategically with her book Unsubscribe.