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|Today’s Tip: Touch Every Outlook Message|
This week you can do something in Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, or other email program to boost your productivity. It’s a step that you didn’t do last week but wish you did.
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Make it a point each day this week to touch every message in your Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, or other email program’s inbox.
You do this with the following routine:
- Process your email in three set times: morning, just after lunch, and before leaving work
- Make decisions on every message: either delete, reply (if it takes 2 minutes or less), or schedule as a task on your to-do list
- Reward yourself with an office break each time you successfully get through the inbox
- Too much email for one day? Estimate the total messages you receive each week and divvy-up your inbox between 5 days — any leftover messages can be assigned as a standing Friday task
- Create folders to park message that aren’t important now, but you should save for future reference
- Unsubscribe immediately from any newsletters you don’t read two weeks in a row
Remember, Outlook and other email programs can be both good things and bad things when it comes to your productivity. The key is to stay on top of your inbox with a set routine that allows you to control the influx of messages while responding to what’s important.
Make this time saving, productivity boosting step part of your week.
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org|