Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Power of a Clean Inbox

Does your inbox control your day? An annual Adobe survey showed that the average white-collar office worker spends just over 4 hours per day on their work email. That equates to 20 hours per week, more than 1,000 per year, and an incredible 47,000 hours over the course of their career… that’s 5 years!

How to Be More Productive Using the Eisenhower Matrix

 

Choosing the optimal productivity method can make an enormous difference in your work. A seamless workflow can take you from feeling unfocused, overwhelmed, and unproductive to feeling in control, calm, and fully ready to take on even the most daunting projects.

 

Luckily, there are new productivity methods being adjusted, developed, and shared all the time. There’s bound to be a workflow out there that fits your lifestyle and can be tailored to your individual projects and personality. But flipping through countless articles about different productivity methods can be a huge time suck – time better used actually getting things done.

 

To help you out, we’re highlighting a particular productivity system that you could implement in your own life today. It’s called the Eisenhower Matrix.

Productivity Giants Series with James Clear, Author & Entrepreneur

Are you caught up on our #ProductivityGiants series so far? If not, be sure to check out our interviews with Camille Ricketts, Head of Content at First Round Capital, Brad Feld, partner at Foundry Group, Nir Eyal, author of Hooked, Eric Paley, Partner at Founder Collective, and Dharmesh Shah, CTO of Hubspot.

 

 

Welcome back to the #ProductivityGiants series!

 

We’re excited to talk all things productivity today with James Clear – an author, photographer, and entrepreneur. He writes about how to build better habits at JamesClear.com, and over 400,000 people subscribe to his weekly email newsletter, where he shares self-improvement tips based on proven scientific research. A big believer in the power of daily habits to create positive change, James is certainly an inspirational figure in the self-help community. He shares wisdom often on his Twitter account:

 

 

Here, we interviewed James about his morning and nightly routines, what he’s learned from failure, and his #1 holy grail productivity tip that nobody ever follows.  

 

Read on:

Using Email to Stay on Top of Your Finances

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Salary, income, expenses, taxes, retirement, credit card statements, bills, investments — there’s a lot of financial stuff to keep track of. The truth is, many of us aren’t that great at managing our money, and that’s often for a simple reason, it’s complicated! Fortunately, the good people over at Money Crashers have got your back. They’ve been giving out fantastic financial advice for years, and we worked with them to put together this super-helpful guide on using email to help you manage your finances.

 

Here’s the SaneBox Scoop on how to be a master of money.

SaneBox + Partners present Productivity Gold for 2017 (Over $200 in savings)

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In honor of the New Year, we teamed up with our favorite productivity pals to offer you the best gift we can think of: awesome deals on amazing productivity tools.

Whatever your pain point, this productivity bundle has something to alleviate it. These are products we love and use ourselves. To us, the hours and headaches saved are more than worth the full price.

The best part? Each product is deeply discounted just for you, and you can take advantage of one or all of them. The more you get, the more you save, with total savings of over $200 (and probably just as many hours saved 🙂 ).

Happy New Year from all of us at SaneBox!

How to stay sane while leading a remote team

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Remote teams have been growing in number. In the U.S., the percentage of remote workers has increased from 9% in 1995 to 37% in 2015. This new business model has a lot of incredible benefits: being able to cull talent from around the world regardless of location, financial savings (no office building, etc.), and the convenience of everyone working their own hours rather than being crunched into the 9-5 workday.

While many remote workers report increased job satisfaction, what about those responsible for coordinating such teams?