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?
The average employee spends 13 hours a week reading and responding to messages. This means roughly 30% of their work time is devoted to managing their inbox. That’s entirely too much time to be spending on email!
At SaneBox, we’ve done lots of research and thinking about ways to get better at email. Resist toxic email culture by implementing these 15 advanced email productivity hacks, and soon you’ll be on your way to crushing your inbox every day.
Americans spend more than 100 hours per year commuting to work, with an average one-way drive-time of around 25.5 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When you do the math, that adds up to more than the allotted time workers receive for vacation (two weeks, 80 hours). All of this means employees are spending more time driving than ever – there were 139 million workers commuting in 2014, according to the same report.
Arguably the most overwhelming part of your business (and life)? Your inbox.
According to The McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends about 13 hours per week reading and responding to email—which, if you work a normal 45-hour week, makes up for 28% of your time.
That’s a huge chunk of time—but, when you crunch the numbers, the majority of that time is not time well spent. According to SaneBox’s internal data, less than half (42%) of emails in your inbox are relevant or important—which means that a whopping 58% are just taking up time and energy, making you feel more overwhelmed than ever (a recent study found that participants experienced increased heart rate and higher stress levels when given access to email).
Our #ProductivityGiants series is all about providing you with the tools, inspiration, and practical advice you need to amplify your productivity and help you work smarter, not harder. We’re excited to talk to Scott Mautz this week – he’s the CEO of Profound Performance, a keynote, workshop, coaching, and online training company that helps you “Work, Lead, & Live Fulfilled.”
It’s summer, days are getting longer, and perhaps your motivation to be at work is waning. This is why it’s the perfect time to hear from Scott Mautz – he’s an expert on employee engagement, workplace and creative fulfillment, and others-oriented leadership.
Claire Diaz-Ortizis many things – an author, speaker, advisor, and technology innovator. She was one of the early employees at Twitter, hired by co-founder Biz Stone to lead social innovation at the buzzy startup. She’s known as “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” and “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” for her relations and communication with the Vatican. She was even standing by his side when he sent his very first tweet!
For many workplaces, email is the bane of the people that work there. In an effort to bring sanity and calm to the world of the inbox, our friends over at SaneBox have created a revolutionary approach to managing email. They believe email can be a powerful tool, rather than a necessary burden, and that used well, email can be an incredibly powerful way to communicate.