We found this article by Elizabeth Grace Saunders founder of Real Life E Time Coaching & Training and author of The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success With Less Stress to have relevant advice on the dreaded word: email.
Recently I spoke with a top tier CIO officer who said of every collaboration tool they invested in email remained the most utilized. That being the case it makes sense to get a grip on email.
Bear in mind, analogous to a phone call interrupting dinner hour just because it is urgent doesn’t imply it is important to you at this moment. Remember your time is yours.
Mainly, those who feel overwhelmed by email usually work from the assumption that if someone sends them something, they absolutely must read it and respond. However, effective people tackle email differently. Here’s how:
They always add value.
Before you send a reply, ask yourself: are you responding just to reply, to show you’re paying attention, or just to say “thanks?” If so, you’re typically wasting time that could be spent producing something of value and only encouraging people to respond, thus adding more email to your inbox.
They prioritize replies.
Give yourself freedom to delete messages that don’t require a response and/or from strangers. If you don’t have the time to complete your essential job functions, answering miscellaneous emails needs to fall off your to-do list. This saves you time by avoiding typing up the reply and reclaiming the mental space it takes to think about how to respond to random messages where the appropriate answer is unclear.
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