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Ex-Googlers: You're emailing wrong and it's killing your productivity

Ex-Googlers: You're emailing wrong and it's killing your productivity

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Don’t rely on your willpower

For those with less restraint, consider an app that will prevent you from checking your email at unscheduled times.

Change your mindset

There’s no reason to treat emails like they are emergencies.

Try responding as slowly as you can get away with, be it hours, days or even weeks. If something is truly important, let people know to call or text.

Eventually, this practice will reset expectations.

Emails are like snail mail

Emails are like snail mail

You do not need to constantly check and respond to every new email message.

Treat email like an old-fashioned paper letter that gets sent once a day.

Respect your time off

Most workplaces have an unreasonable expectation that you’ll check email during your time off.

During your vacation, act as if you’re off the grid.

Schedule ‘email time’

With this strategy, you won’t waste time checking emails constantly throughout the day. 

Instead, you’ll establish an end-of-day email routine. Research found that people who check their emails three times a day respond to the same amount of emails 20 percent faster than those who constantly respond to messages as they came in.

Email can wait

Email can wait

Unless your job demands otherwise, deal with email at the end of the day.

Less energy at the end of the day makes you less tempted to overcommit to incoming requests.

Inbox zero can work

... if you’re just receiving several emails a day. Otherwise, strive to empty your inbox out once a week.

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