Implement These 10 Email Hacks Today for a More Productive Tomorrow

“I think one of the things that is common in our industry is the auto responder that says something like, “Thanks for your information. I have checked and will reply to your email today between two and five.” This type of disconnectedness in a digital first world is not a good thing from the consumer’s perspective; they want a call back the same day, they want an email back the same day”

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Losing focus: Why tech is getting in the way of work

Back in 2004 we followed American information workers around with stopwatches and timed every action,” she says. “They switched their attention every three minutes on average. In 2012, we found that the time spent on one computer screen before switching to another computer screen was one minute 15 seconds.
“By the summer of 2014 it was an average of 59.5 seconds.”

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Zen and the Art of Inbox Management

Then, when you do read emails, limit the number of time you spend with each one. If you can take care of the required action immediately, do it. If not, set it aside once. Return to it only when you have enough time to fully address it. Commit yourself to never revisiting an email more than you absolutely have to.

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3 Signs of a Toxic Email Culture

Your office email culture can have a big impact on productivity and work satisfaction. It can also be an insidious thing, developing over time out of bad habits that spread from one employee to another. If your company leaders aren’t consciously guiding and managing email culture, you could end up with a dysfunctional or downright toxic one.

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The efficiency playbook: Time-saving strategies from 3 top business leaders

To get off the email treadmill, Hsieh developed the Yesterbox approach to managing email. It’s a simple concept: Deal with yesterday’s emails today and leave today’s emails for tomorrow. The advantage of this system is that you know each morning exactly how many emails you have to get through, so you can limit the time you spend managing email and ignore the distraction of incoming messages. Plus, you get a sense of accomplishment when you finally empty out yesterday’s inbox.

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Handle review

Handle is, according to the creators, another product to attempt to replace email. It combines an email client, a simple to-do list and a calendar.

It is an iPhone app and it suppose to make checking your email and creating to-do lists really fast.

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MailDeck review

MailDeck is a relatively light iPhone/iPad client, helping people with inbox management. It supports different accounts, extensive filters, conversation search and attachment management.

It has a rudimentary task system, but no projects or contexts to compliment it.

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