And 6 steps to becoming your most productive self
“Once I became mindful of how easy it is for me to get distracted, I started to think seriously about productivity. How can I manage my time better?” (Click to tweet this)
Pet peeves are so annoying. Chewing with your mouth open. People listening to loud music on the train. Littering. And the absolute worst? Notifications: they feel like a million small zaps in my brain.
Once I became mindful of how easy it is for me to get distracted, I started to think seriously about productivity. How can I manage my time better? What’s preventing me from staying focused?
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
We’ve teamed up with Any.do, Evernote, Expensify, Todoist, and many others to bring you simple (and simply awesome) email forwarding.
Meet SaneFwd, an easy way to automate email forwarding to your favorite third-party apps and team members.
So what is SaneFwd all about?
We have a new integration and it’s going to make Android users very happy.
If you haven’t already, meet MailDroid.
MailDroid is one of the longest-running email clients in the Google Play Store, has great reviews, and has lots of features other email clients omit (e.g. encryption and swipe action customization). With today’s new integration with SaneBox, we love MailDroid even more.
So why does SaneBox + MailDroid = the best Android email experience yet?
We’re glad you asked.
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.”
“We’ve said it on this podcast before: email is a necessary evil.”
That quote is from our friends over Asian Efficiency, an online hub for productivity hackers who want to get as much as they can out of every day.
They recently invited SaneBox’s Vice President of Growth, Dmitri Leonov, to be a guest on their Productivity Show podcast. This topic? How to shift your habits so that necessary evil—email—works for you, not against you.
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.