Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Email is an extremely useful communication tool in business. Less intrusive than a phone call, email is convenient and fast. It empowers entrepreneurs to run their businesses from just about anywhere.
... to read and respond to email. Don’t leave your email program open all day long. Alerts from incoming messages can interrupt your work flow. Instead, schedule specific blocks of time throughout the day for checking your email.
You might even try marking your calendar and setting your availability to “busy.” If necessary, turn off your cellphone and shut your office door to prevent interruptions.
Yesterday I found out that the average person checks their emails 77 times per day. Seriously? Is that what people do? Back in the 90s, computers used to gleefully announce that ' you've got mail', but now clearing your inbox is cause for celebration.
In our day and age, mastering email productivity is a key skill for the knowledge worker. These are the 9 "Email Best Practices" you must adopt to level up your email productivity. Process communications faster and focus on work and projects outside your inbox.
There’s no “definitive” system. The best framework is the one that works for you. Ideally, it should model your work style, supporting the way you work. Bonus points if it’s low-maintenance, fast to set up, and adaptable as your work changes.
Some people like to use folders with specific actions (do, delegate, reply), while others prefer the deadline-driven approach (today, tomorrow, next week).