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How to Get Back on Track After A Holiday

Getting Back To Work: Triage Your Inbox

After a holiday, you probably have a lot of emails.

  • Instead of trying to get to inbox zero on the first day, create three email labels: Need an answer today, Need an answer this week, Probably deletable.
  • Using the subject line alone, filter all the emails into these three folders, then only focus on the first folder today.

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