Email Organization for Greater Productivity
Getting squeezed by email? Is it reducing your productivity in your home business? Email is, like most new inventions, wonderful and at the same time frustrating. I talked with one home business owner recently who said she had over 1,000 email messages in her in-box. That’s not including spam, which she dutifully marked as it came in. And email is, as Mark Twain said, like the weather - everyone talks about it but no one does anything about it.
Here are three ideas I use to keep myself from sending or receiving too many emails:
1. Don’t send a one-word message like “Thanks!” in reply to someone. I put my thanks in the original email then I don’t respond unless there is something to say or something further to do.
2. Never send two emails when one will do. For example, if I’m emailing someone to set up an interview, I never send an email saying, “Let me know when you are available.” That sentence inevitably leads to several more emails. I tell the other person when I am available, giving options. Then I tell them to pick the one that works best for them.
3. Send one-line emails with my message in the subject line and ending with
What tricks do you have for dealing with email? What would be your advice for the home business owner with 1000 messages in her email in-box? Should she delete them? Sort by sender? Your suggestions are welcome.
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