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It doesn’t take a scientific study to recognize that “phubbing,” or snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to that person, is becoming more and more prevalent. The evidence is all around us.

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At restaurants, during concerts, even in meetings. We see people more involved in what is happening on their screen than with the people in front of them. Beyond causing us to miss out on what is happening in real time (and annoying those around us), research shows that phubbing may have detrimental impacts on our relationships, mental health, and productivity. Continue Reading…

SaneBox Testimonial Octavia GoredemaEmail is the first and foremost communication for Octavia Goredema, a Los Angeles-based editor and social entrepreneur. Octavia oversees two media platforms — Twenty Ten Talent helps black female professionals accelerate their careers and Twenty Ten Club shares the success stories of black female entrepreneurs. She is also a board trustee of The Zimbabwe Educational Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Unfortunately, this means her inbox was becoming inundated on a daily basis with emails from different time zones.

“Due to the nature of my work I’m on the receiving end of so much information. On top of that, I like to keep up to date with breaking news, trends and developments,” Octavia explains. “This meant over the course of the past few years my inbox was starting to spiral out of control.”
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Productivity Show Podcast - Dmitri Leonov of SaneBox

“We’ve said it on this podcast before: email is a necessary evil.”

That quote is from our friends over Asian Efficiency, an online hub for productivity hackers who want to get as much as they can out of every day.

They recently invited SaneBox’s Vice President of Growth, Dmitri Leonov, to be a guest on their Productivity Show podcast. This topic? How to shift your habits so that necessary evil—email—works for you, not against you.

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You know our stance on sending email attachments. We hate it. It’s tedious and disorganized, and the files take up space on your computer and in your email.
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You’d be surprised how many people just scan subject lines and delete emails that don’t seem relevant to them. And we can hardly blame them—this is exactly what we ask you to do when triaging your inbox and using the Scan-Block-Ask system.

To make sure that your emails are not just opened, but also responded to correctly, there are a couple of things you can do. First, try putting a call to action right in the subject line. “5 things I need you to do tomorrow” is much more clear than “Things” and it also makes searching for older email easier.

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Email has been a leading form of communication in the business world for years, and yet many of us still don’t use it properly. From email etiquette to creating an effective email workflow, there are a lot of things we do wrong and these bad email habits waste our time and stop us from getting results.

If you want to up your email game and simplify your work life, stop listening to this bad advice.
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The average person spends a staggering 28 percent of the workweek in email. For the majority of us, most of that time would be better spent elsewhere. But how do we reclaim our time and escape the constant pull of email?
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