A recent study by the American Management Association reports US workers spend an average of 1 hour and 47 minutes per day dealing with email.
Nearly 2 hours!
We could produce statistic after statistic saying the same thing. But the bottom line is this: Email is a part of nearly everyone’s life. The problem is that it’s also becoming a burden to time management and productivity.
One of the culprits behind this is email clutter.
No, clutter isn’t restricted to your living space or place of work-it’s present in the digital world, too. There are several things you can do to keep a cluttered email box from ruling your day and getting back to a productive, well-managed lifestyle and workday.
Here are three tips:
- Create a virtual file cabinet for your inbox. Use folders and functions such as color-coding and flags to divide, sort and conquer your email. Some of the sorting can be automatically handled by your email system. Most allow you to set up “rules” for incoming emails and automatically direct them to specific folders or mark as spam.
- Speaking of spam, make sure to flag emails that come in under the spam filter radar. That way, they will be properly dealt with in the future.
- As tempting as it may be, don’t subscribe to every newsletter or promotional email list that you encounter. If you do subscribe to any of these, have a specific folder to keep them separate from other email. And if you’d like to pare down your current incoming newsletters and promotional emails, don’t hesitate to use the “unsubscribe” button.
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