The Importance of Snoozing Emails

October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Snoozing your alarm clock feels good, but it’s actually bad for you. Snoozing non-urgent emails, on the other hand, not only feels great but is also fantastic for your productivity. Here’s why.

There are 3 kinds of emails: important/urgent, important/non-urgent and unimportant.

The unimportant ones are easy—just delete them in bulk (that’s what SaneLater is for). You should deal with important/urgent emails right away (that’s what your Inbox is for). But what about those important emails that just aren’t actionable yet?

Most people just leave them in their Inbox. This causes your brain to think about them every time you see them. This is bad for your productivity and happiness.

Followers of GTD (Getting Things Done) move non-urgent emails into a Defer folder. This is much better—you can go into that folder regularly and re-evaluate whether emails are now actionable. This is better, but still requires discipline and wastes time.

The best way to deal with these emails is to snooze them. Simply drag them into one of SaneBox’s Snooze folders and they’ll reappear in your Inbox tomorrow, Monday, or whenever you specify. Then if you’re still not ready, you can snooze them again. If you do this religiously, the only emails in your Inbox are the ones you’ll deal with today. Everything else is out of sight, out of mind (until needed back on your mind, of course).

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