Like all working professionals, I get bombarded with emails every day. Its that dreaded feeling in the morning, when you open up your inbox, and there’s a bunch of emails waiting for you already. Before you get started at work, you are dealing with these new emails. Not to mention the ones that constantly keep coming into your inbox. At the end of the day, you feel that all you’ve done is answer emails and have done nothing productive. I found a great set of tips from NY Times on how to manage your inbox.
Check it out here.
Their tips were:
- Check your inbox 3 times in the hour (i.e. every 20mins). I try to do it every 30 mins, but sometimes i just can’t help but keep it open
- Turn off auto-notifications (this is the worst feature! keeps you hooked into email)
- Respond immediately, if the response is going to be less than 2 mins
- Longer than 2 mins response, flag it and come back later
I’m out like letting your inbox control you!