First things first: Email fatigue is real, and many of us experience it. At its most basic, it’s feeling overwhelmed by an overflowing inbox.
The phenomenon should be no surprise. Through the years, we’ve become increasingly dependent on email in both our work and personal lives. Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index notes that in February 2021, a subsection of Microsoft Outlooks users sent 40.6 billion more emails compared to February 2020. Certainly, work-from-home pandemic policies contribute to the surge. In 2021, desk workers had to rely on digital options, email among them, to interact. With many employers continuing their remote-work policies, it seems the email uptick is here to stay.
Do you plan to permanently transition your business to a remote office?
Well, if you are, you should work towards positioning yourself for success. Working remotely may be convenient for many people for different reasons but it brings a unique set of challenges that you’ve already likely experienced over the past year compared to working from an office. You should address these challenges immediately with your team, especially as it relates to managing leads for your business.
We’ll discuss how remote-based businesses can better respond to and qualify leads quickly and efficiently.
Establishing office-like, in-person communication is a challenge for most teams who have resorted to remote work. While working remotely brings back the work-life freedom that perpetual office-goers crave, it can reduce the team’s ability to stick together.
Buffer’s State of Remote Work 2021 states that communication and collaboration challenges (16%) have significantly impacted remote teams. The change in ways of collaboration (41%), however, is by far the biggest change remote teams have experienced.
You get to work, open your inbox, and am immediately overwhelmed by the sheer number of emails you need to sort through. And when you do sort through them, you find that 99 percent are marketing emails from a company you don’t even remember buying from—or, even worse, full-on spam messages.
Or maybe you don’t even open your inbox; the notification on your phone showing you have 536 unread messages deters you from even trying to manage your emails.
Sound familiar? If so, you’re probably dealing with email overload—and if you don’t get it under control, it can have a seriously negative impact on your work and your well-being.
But what, exactly, is email overload? Why is keeping it at bay so important? And, more importantly, how can you take back control of your inbox—and kick email overload to the curb for good?
If you feel like too much of your day is spent on email, you’re probably right. The average worker receives 120 emails every day and spends 11 hours each week going through email messages. That’s time that could be devoted to building and growing your business.
But getting your inbox under control is easier said than done. If you have a few extra minutes to devote to organizing things, though, you may be able to get back some of those weekly hours and put them toward being more productive. Here are some email management tips that can save time and reduce your risk of missing important emails.
Welcome back to the Productivity Giants Series, where we tell the stories of some successful people in the SaneBox community.
Kate Crocco is our next guest! She’s a mother, business mindset Coach, trained psychotherapist, author, and podcast host. Her mission? To help female business owners shatter the lies that hold them back from success.
Kate has lots of experience helping others work through creative blocks and step into the best versions of themselves, so we were curious to hear how she show ups every day for herself. Read on for the full interview!
The remote workforce continues to expand across borders, as more and more individuals and businesses move towards work-from-home arrangements. But managing a distributed team presents its own set of challenges, such as fostering communication among their employees without the convenience of in-person interactions.
When introducing systems of communication, it’s important to ensure that team members feel connected on a personal and professional level. The beauty of remote work is that everyone can enjoy their own preferred way of working to optimize productivity. Providing an open space for self-expression and discourse can help make sure that everyone is on the same page despite individual working styles.
“I was able to connect more deeply with 135 people spread across 6 continents than I could have ever done in an office.”