Time management tip 19
Okay, be honest with me now. How many times have you checked your emails in the past 24 hours?
Now I’ll admit I check my emails several times a day ~ That’s because my course members have contact with me, so I check in at regular intervals throughout the day to help them when needed. However my personal emails I limit to just a couple of times a day and maybe this is too much.
Here are my top tips to reduce email time in your life.
If you want to save time, reduce email time.
Okay, ask yourself this question. Why are you checking your emails? Is it for business or is it for personal messages?
What is the absolute minimum you need to check your emails?
The world will not end if you don’t check your emails for an hour, day, week.
Seriously it won’t. However, I’m not going to tell you you should only check your email once a day or once a week. I don’t know why you need to check them, but you do. My guess is a vast majority of people are checking their emails way more than is necessary. We seem to have become obsessed with having to get messages instantly. Whether by text, online messaging, social media and it’s really not necessary. It’s generally just taking up a massive amount of your time.
How to stop distractions.
Use folders to separate your mail and automate what happens. Many of us sign up for a vast amount of newsletters (mailing lists). This is a great way to learn and get great tips. My advice is to build them up in a special folder then at the right time you can sit down with a nice cup of tea (or whatever you like), and enjoy reading them like you would a magazine you bought from a shop. This will reduce emails going directly into you inbox. If you don’t know how to do this just type it into google ~ How to set up folders in (add the name of your email provider such as outlook, Gmail..)
If you don’t love it ~UNSUBSCRIBE
As you read through your newsletters, unsubscribe to anything you no longer find interesting or useful. Basically, if you don’t love it, unsubscribe.
Make it work for you
Emails are great. We’ve certainly moved on in the world and there’s no doubt about it, it’s far more efficient to send an email that arrives in someone else’s inbox pretty much instantly, but remember to make it work for you rather than it controlling you.
If you feel like you spend too much time on the internet in general and you can’t seem to get it under control Please check out Internet Addiction Help
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