Mastering Email Management

Posted in Cliquey Blog
24/01/2024 Cliquey

5 Productivity-Boosting Cheats

In today’s fast-paced business environment, effective email management can be a game-changer for productivity. As someone who juggles over 20 business email accounts, I’ve discovered five cheats that have proven immensely helpful in maintaining order and boosting efficiency. Whether you’re drowning in a flood of emails or just looking to optimise your workflow, these strategies can make a significant difference.

1. “The 2-Minute Rule”

Let’s start with a simple yet powerful principle: the 2-Minute Rule. If an email can be read and replied to in less than two minutes, tackle it immediately. This approach prevents small tasks from piling up and ensures swift responses. For longer emails, schedule dedicated time in your calendar. Sending a quick acknowledgment to the sender, along with your scheduled action plan, sets expectations and reduces follow-up emails.

2. Organise Your Inbox with Purpose

Clear the clutter by implementing a purposeful folder system. Forget about creating folders for every sender, company, or topic – the search tool is your friend. Instead, organise your inbox with these folders:

  • Inbox: For unread or new emails.
  • Archive: Reserved for emails that require no further action.
  • FYI: A repository for informational emails that may need future reference.
  • Scheduled for Action: A designated space for emails with allocated action time.

3. Scheduled Email Check-ins

Don’t let emails dictate your day. Instead, establish specific times to check and process your inbox. Structuring your day around predetermined email check-in intervals helps maintain focus and prevents unnecessary distractions. Consider checking emails in the morning, before lunch, and at the end of the day.

4. Unsubscribe Strategically

Take control of your inbox by strategically unsubscribing from unnecessary emails. Promotional and marketing emails often clog our inboxes with good intentions of “I’ll read that later” or “I don’t want to miss out.” Be ruthless in unsubscribing, saving time, and reducing unnecessary clutter.

5. Embrace Change for Productivity

The power to bring about change lies within you. Recognising the need for change is the first step, but taking action is what truly transforms the way you manage emails. Regaining control of your inbox is a crucial element of enhancing overall productivity.

While email management is just one aspect of the productivity puzzle, it serves as an excellent starting point. Try incorporating these cheats into your routine and let me know if they prove useful on your journey to mastering email efficiency.

Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.

Happy Productivity!