Master Your Inbox
Tools & Tips for Email Management by Productive Flourishing
Let’s face it: Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you’re being productive. Case in point:
- 10 = IQ points lost when fielding constant emails
- 16 = minutes spent refocusing after fielding incoming email
- 36 = number of times employees check their email every hour
In other words, you likely spend much more time refocusing and being cognitively impaired than you spend doing focused, productive work. It’s hard to finish the stuff that matters when you’re in what we call the Loop. (The Loop is short for “The Infinite Loop of Technological Distractions.”)
To make matters worse, few of us were ever sat down and taught how to manage our email effectively. Either we just grew up with it or it was thrust upon us.
We talk a lot about effective email management here, not because we love to nerd out about email but because it’s now an omnipresent, always-on, and everything-in-it tool for knowledge work. Since we can’t get away from it – and it can be really useful – our goal is to help you use email better.
Better email management means more time to work on the stuff that really matters. (Tweet this.)
You’ll find a lot of resources here; the best place to start is probably with the STAR method (Scan-Trash-Archive-Respond). When you use this simple, effective method to sift through the massive heap of emails in your inbox, the result is a smaller stack of emails that actually need your attention. That will make it easier for you to add whatever tools and practices you find most conducive to your productivity.