How much time will you spend in your email inbox today?
Answer: Probably too much.
If you spend all of your day “doing” email, when are you going to have time to get to your most important tasks?
So, get out of your inbox and start getting your work done.
Too Much Email Time
If you are spending too much time on email, you are not alone.
Many people do. And it can be one of the biggest time wasters of your day.
The average employee spends almost a third of their workday processing email. That is 2.5–3 hours of email per day. Up to 15 hours a week. Or even 97 complete workdays a year!
If you are spending that much time on email, I can tell you what you’re not doing… your work.
Instead, you are shuffling low priority messages with co-workers or playing email Ping-Pong when you could be getting your work done.
“If you want to get more done, you need to get out of your inbox.” (Tweet Quote)
Ironically, too many companies reward this non-efficient behavior.
If you want to be more productive in your day, you need to stop playing with your email and concentrate on your most important tasks.
Here are a few tips to help you stay out of your inbox:
- Minimize Checking Your Email – Only check your email 2–3 times a day. Don’t look at it repeatedly in between tasks, no matter how tempting that might be.
- Stop Reading Your Email Everywhere – You don’t need to read your email everywhere. You don’t need to check it in the car… in the elevator… in the restaurant. In fact, turn off your email on your mobile device. Do you really need to check email in the bathroom?
- Get Action Items OUT of Your Inbox – Your inbox is not a todo list. Get those tasks out of your email and onto your actual todo list. This will prevent you from looking in your email to see what isn’t done yet.
- Use Other Communication Tools – Email is good for some things. However, there are more efficient communication tools out there that will keep your communication on track. My virtual assistant and I communicate mostly via Trello (for projects) and have recently started using Slack (for more immediate messages).
- Turn Off Notifications – No one wants to hear those incessant new email pop-ups on your desktop or chimes on your phone. Turn them off. Your email will still be waiting for you when you return to check it. Better yet, close your email application when you are not using it.
Get Out of Your Inbox
Stop spending too much time in your inbox.
Many people spend long hours in the office when they could get their work done if they would stop playing with their email.
After all, email is not your job. Get your priorities done first, and then address your inbox.
Get out of your inbox and get more done today!
Question: How much time do you spend checking, reading, and responding to email each day? You can leave a comment by clicking here.