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!
Short answer: I didn’t.
My Normal Routine
Not only can email be a time suck, but if you’re not on top of it, you can…let more things fall through the cracks than any professional should.
Guest post by John Arthur
You’ve heard it a million times: time is money. And email, if not approached correctly, can be one of the biggest drains on your time, and by extension a drain on your bottom line.
Not only can email be a time suck, but if you’re not on top of it, you can miss crucial messages, neglect to follow up with important clients, and, generally, let more things fall through the cracks than any professional should.
Organizing emails to save yourself trouble
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.”
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.
As companies grow, so do their inboxes. Those who aren’t equipped to cope with the rising tide of email can quickly find their productivity swamped.
It’s no secret that email has become a giant problem for businesses. The average employee spends 13 hours a week responding to email. It consumes 28 percent of our workday—more than any other task. What’s worse, more than half of the emails we sift through each day are simply a waste of our time.
If you’ve never deferred (or “snoozed”) an email, trust me when I say that your workflow is missing a crucial element. It is one of my favorite things about SaneBox and is also one of the reasons there was such a backlash when Dropbox announced its plan to close Mailbox. By snoozing emails until they’re actionable, you not only remove distractions from your inbox so you can remain focused, but you also make sure that important items appear exactly when you need them.