Who feels that email is the best way to communicate? I am going to go ahead and raise my hand right here. Of course we all love to chat it up in person and over the phone, but I am talking about the most effective way to communicate during your work day. I know I love the electronic paper trail! But let’s be honest, how much faster is it to send an email and not have to pick up the phone. Even worse, what if the person you are communicating with has the gift of the gab? I’m talking work here people, I don’t mean to sound rude, just being real. We all have a lot to get done by the end of the day. Although an overflowing inbox of emails can be rather overwhelming too. Here are some tricks to managing your emails so you can keep your sanity…and your job.
Nothing will bog you down more than a messy email inbox. No matter what type of email you have, there is a way to create and organize folders. This way, if you are looking for a specific client or project, you can search for it without losing your mind.
Get Rid Of Junk
Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I know if I have a ton of unread emails, I can’t sleep at night. First of all, delete your spam and anything that is in the way right when you see it. It takes minutes, sometimes even seconds. Something else you might want to consider…unsubscribe to anything you are do not want to be on the list for. You will feel 5 lbs thinner, trust me.
Use Certain Times Of The Day
I know, I know. Don’t bite my head off here. I am busy too and know this seems near impossible. BUT, if you check your email first thing, you can get rid of the junk and get through any unread emails. Next you can respond to important ones and drop them into the designated folders. Go about your day and then set aside some more time after lunch. Rinse and repeat. End of the day…repeat. You catch my drift? I sure hope so.
Get yourself and your emails organized. You will move so much faster and be that much more productive!