Don't let email manage you (one simple step to managing your email)
My top tip for managing your email.
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Do you know how much productivity you lose when you are constantly checking emails? Do you feel like you never get anything done because your email manages you?
Learn the number one tip I use to manage my email, rather than let it manage me. I learned this from a book written by Tim Ferriss, called the 4-Hour Workweek. He made me re-think email, and now I have a put my own spin on that tip which I know will save you time, stress, and make you happier! Tim Ferriss also made me realize that email should not be that important - eventually, you should be able to let go and actually have someone else manage it altogether.
This tip is so simple, it’s almost too good to be true:
Only check email twice daily. Just make it a habit, and tell people this.
I have an automated message that people are sent when they email me. Here is an example:
To increase my productivity I am currently checking and responding to e-mail twice daily at 11:00am PST and 4:00pm PST.
Thank you for understanding this move to more efficiency and effectiveness. It helps me accomplish more to serve you better!
In most email settings, you can regulate the automated messages as you don’t want to send someone the same message if they email you several times a day. I have mine set to only send to someone once in every 4 days.
So that’s it. Only check email twice daily and stick to it so your work isn’t constantly interrupted. Shut it off! If someone needs to seriously get a hold of you, have them text or phone. You can even include that in your email message.
Next week I will be sharing how to organize your life like a girl boss. Disclaimer: you don’t have to own a business for this as we are all bosses of our own lives!