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Making email work in your favor: upgrade your tools

  • Use an email service with a great search tool so you can find archived messages with ease.
  • Delete all those folders. If you use an email service with a great search function, you don't need many folders. Instead, create one big archive and use the search function.
  • Get a to-do app. Many people use email as a to-do list, but then have to re-read the emails and reinterpret what they need to do.

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Don't feel obligated to respond to everything

Emails from unknown people are like strangers who show up at your office without an appointment. If you pay attention to them, you have to break your commitment to others.

Consider keeping your email notifications off. You will not forget about your inbox.

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Managing email: determine the priority

Once you've got the flow of email reduced to messages that matter, it's time to clear the non-urgent out of your inbox.

  • Reply if a very quick reply is possible, like Thanks or Great or On it.

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Creating a controllable inbox

Creating a controllable inbox

Many people decry how awful email is. They feel that messages keep on appearing in their inbox as if they have no control over them.
The first step to a controllable inbox is to slow down the messages.

  • Unsubscribe to all the blogs and newsletters you subscribed to or set up a sepa...

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Set up Text Macros

Sales pitches are personal emails without unsubscribe links. But if you don't respond, you can often get more email from them.

Set up text replacements. For example:

noint = Not interested but thanks; please remove.

nove...

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Process your emails

Actions you might take while processing:

  • Unsubscribe or block.
  • Reply where longer or more substantive replies are needed.
  • Forward/delegate things that need more substantive thought and context.
  • Task. Theses emails require action that can't get done in two o...

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Organizing Email

Set up a simple filing system to help manage your mail: You could use broad categories titled "Action Items," "Waiting," "Reference," and "Archives." If you're able to stay on top of your folders – particularly "Action" and "Waiting" folders – you could use them as an informal To-Do List f...

Give up a Full Email Inbox

Delete a message or archive it if you think you’ll need it later — you probably won’t. A full email inbox is a distraction. The joy you get looking at an empty inbox is worth every second of ruthless prioritization of emails

Email Applications

Use a smart app to manage your email messages.

Set up filters that segment messages as they arrive. Each time you log in, check the important folder right away and give these emails priority. 

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