3 Simple Tips That Improve Your E-mail Productivity

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This is a guest post by Timo Kiander. Timo is a blogger, author, and speaker who helps work-at-home professionals get stuff done fast so that they have time for living. Download his report which gives you even more tips on how to improve your e-mail (Gmail) productivity.

Email is a very effective communication tool. You can send a message across the globe in seconds. You can reach thousands of people just by sending one email message.

Unfortunately, e-mail is also a major source of distraction for people in their everyday work. This is a shame, since e-mail is still – if used correctly – a good way to get your message across inexpensively and effectively. So how can we stop the major distraction, but keep using email effectively?

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Can Instant Messaging Help You Regain Control of Your Inbox?

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This is a guest post by Sebastian Bos Sebastian works on behalf of Cryoserver, a leading email forensic archiving solutions company located both in the UK and in the USA.

Instant messaging (IM) has suffered unfairly over the last 20 years, afflicted with a rocky reputation as a social media platform for gossiping teenagers and bored university students. Its abilities as a powerful enterprise collaboration tool have largely been underestimated, with email owning the workplace.

IM has been particularly pigeonholed in the US, where some 70% of teenagers already send more instant messages than emails. With that kind of engrained loyalty, it could be set for a resurgence in the workplace in the near future and could even overtake email as the dominant communication tool.

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6 Things Successful People Do During Their Lunch Break

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This is a guest post by Madeleine Allann. Madeleine is an academic consultant and an author who mostly writes on education, leadership and social sharing posts. She helps students who feel difficulty in choosing the right field in university and help students regarding their essays at Essay Spot.

Munchin’ on your luncheon might be a healthy habit, depending on how, what, and where you eat.

Different people have different habits in the way they spend their time during lunch breaks. Some may choose to go to a nearby café while others may choose to chit chat with a colleague or two.

Some of the I-totally-love-my-work, professional-nerds might still be stuck to their chairs, trying to complete a task or two.

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3 Powerful Time Management Strategies

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This is a guest post by Bryan Collins. Bryan is on a mission to teach people how to become writers and finish what they started with A Handbook for the Productive Writer.

Would you like to earn more or less for the time you spend working?

For several years, I was a freelance journalist living off various writing commissions. Although some commissions paid by the hour, I was still expected to complete them within a set period. For others, I was only paid for getting the job done. This type of freelance work meant I earned less for my time if I spent twenty hours on a commission that should have only taken ten.

I learned the hard way that making a living means finishing freelance projects on time. Even if you aren’t a freelancer, you still have deadlines. Here are three simple but effective time-management tips will help you manage your time and become more productive.

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6 Steps to Crush Your Goals in 2015

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This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor decided to leave his six-figure job in order to follow his passion – to help online entrepreneurs free up more time, so they can do what they love. Want to become more productive? Download his free eBook and learn how to DOUBLE your productivity in 7 days.

We are moving towards the end of the year at lightning speed. That may be an ambivalent feeling for many of us.

While you may be looking forward to spending your Christmas holiday with family and friends, you might be dreading the moment on New Year’s Eve when the little voice inside your head starts asking questions.

“What was my biggest accomplishment this year?”

“Which goals did I fail to achieve?”

“Did I really give it my all this year?”

Does that sound familiar? Don’t fret.  Here’s the antidote to not worry about these questions next year.

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5 Core Principles Leaders Should Follow To Have More Productive Teams

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This is a guest post by Shawn Hartwell. Shawn is the author of his personal blog where he writes about customer experience, the importance of happy people in modern business, and shares his observations on life.

Leaders are not created equally, nor is the team that results from their different styles of leadership.

There are a number of pitfalls that the majority of team leaders fall into that cause time to be wasted in organizations.

Many teams are proud of their ability to get things done, but are they as effective as they could be?

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5 Surprising Ways to Stay Zen Despite Your Insane Workload

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This is a guest post by Linda Coussement, a blogger at Inspired Process. She’s on a quest to (r)evolutionise the business world by helping entrepreneurs build and grow remarkable businesses. Follow her on Twitter.

Your to do list is overflowing…

Heck, your monthly calendar is overflowing…

You feel the tension and sense of dread already setting in…

How on earth are you going to tackle all this and keep your peace of mind?

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5 Critical Steps To Take Before You Can Delegate Effectively

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This is a guest post by Holistic Time Coach Julie Gray. Julie works with small business owners who are ready to work less and contribute more, and is offering a free e-course on the 7 Killer Time Management Mistakes You Don’t Realize You Are Making (And What To Do About It).

You hear it all the time – delegate more! Use your team! Empower those that work for you!

Forget that.

I’d rather just do it myself and put an end to the torture of trying to explain the subtle nuances of a job well done.

I’d rather not subject myself to endless inane questions about what exactly it is I am looking for.

I’d rather avoid the possibility of re-doing an entire project and putting everyone behind schedule just so the new office eager beaver can “get his feet wet.”

And why do I feel this way?

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The Surprisingly Simple Fix To My Email Stress

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This is a guest post by Blake Stratton. Blake is a musician and writer in Nashville, whose blog and podcast, Life In The Woods, is all about bringing hope to independent creatives.

How’s your email stress level?
Are you annoyed by how much time email sucks from your day?

Like you, I was frustrated with the power email wielded over my time. Despite all kinds of tools and email management strategies, I was still checking it all the time. You know your “system” isn’t working if you’re doing email in the grocery check-out line.

Have you been there?

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The Only List You’ll Ever Need to Bulldoze Your Daily To-dos

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This is a guest post by Stef Gonzaga. Stef is a freelance writer and resident blogger at TeamGantt, who writes about productivity, the latest apps, and using one’s creativity for the greater good.

Task management has always been a staple to productivity, yet we often find ourselves warring with our to-dos.

We mourn over the pile of long-forgotten tasks that never ceases to haunt us. We rub our temples over the growing number of items piling up. We feel pressured over a task’s complexity, and so we put it off for another day.

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