Email 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.”
Over time, Octavia began to realize she needed a more effective strategy for managing the volume of emails she was receiving.
“I’m on email constantly, but despite this, I couldn’t keep on top of the influx. It got to the stage where I didn’t know what to do or where to start. I was afraid to delete emails that I may need to reference later, but I was often missing important emails that were buried within the email newsletters and updates I was receiving on a constant basis.”
Octavia came across SaneBox while looking for a solution to her email nightmare. Initially, she thought she needed to find a faster way to read and respond to emails. What she didn’t realize was there a tool ready and waiting to take charge of her inbox.
“The minute I saw the video overview of how SaneBox works I signed up,” Octavia recalls. “I loved the sound of how SaneBox worked and it turned out to be the solution I literally spent years looking for.”
SaneBox filters the scores of newsletters Octavia receives into their own folder, where they are automatically marked as read.
“This makes my life so much easier; instead of trawling through scores and scores of unread mail I can quickly check one folder once a day and read the newsletters I choose.”
Now, Octavia is able to get to work faster, as her emails are already prioritized each and every time she logs on.
“Before, I was so distracted by the sheer volume of emails that I was missing the ones that mattered the most,” she adds.
Thanks to the SaneLater filter, Octavia knows the emails that don’t need first and foremost attention are neatly filed away for future reference. In addition, Octavia has the option to place an email in a Snooze folder and it will be placed back in her inbox when it’s more convenient. Even better, if she chooses to, she can now drag an email into the SaneBlackHole folder and never hear from that sender again.
“SaneBox has saved my sanity,” Octavia says. “There’s no way I could have gotten on top of my inbox. Now, I can’t imagine my working day without it.”
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