Time Management Strategy:
How to Deal with Email
When considering time management strategies, email is one of the biggest thieves of our most precious commodity . . . time.
Well, that along with Tweeting, Pinterest, Instagram, Chatting and Facebook.
However, if you’re a home based business entrepreneur, you know that many people who are looking to get started will still use email to connect with you.
Additionally, you’re probably subscribed to different marketer’s email lists to see how they market and what their up to.
Not to mention your company and affiliate products emails.
Plus the 101 other things you’re subscribe to.
This can easily amount to thousands and thousands of emails in your inbox.
I don’t think I need to tell you, your email can suck every last available minute you have to be productive in your work by distracting you from focusing on what you really need to get accomplished.
Dealing With Email Specifically
To put this thief where it belongs, here are some definite action steps you can take to almost completely eliminate the email problem. Additionally, I wrote another article on this very topic here so you want to catch that we well.
Tip 1: Unsubscribe from EVERYTHING that is not moving your business forward.
Tip 2: If you are following a marketer to see how they market, then set up a folder for those emails and create a rule inside your email client that tells your service to put those specific emails in a specific folder automatically. In the email client, it will look something like this:
“When I get an email from XYZ person, automatically place it in XYZ folder.”
This way, you’ll continue to receive the emails, however, they are filed neatly and are there anytime you are ready to utilize them. This way you are not side swiped by reading them as they come in and getting a big ole distraction flare.
Setting up rules is really the best way to manage email. It just keeps your email office tidy and organized. It’s like having a secretary that does your filing.
Tip 3: Set up a “swipe file” and use it. Don’t let stuff sit in your inbox.
Tip 4: Keep a folder in your email client for all your receipts which makes it handy for keeping track come tax time.
Tip 5: You can notify your friends to contact you via text and chat because you’re now using email for business. Most will be happy to do so and in fact, you’ll see that’s the preference. You guys already may be doing that.
I hope this helps if you’re battling the war of email every day. It did for me!
If you have any thoughts, comments and suggestions, please, please leave them here. Everyone can benefit from your great tips and strategies for this problem.