Pause Your Inbox
I think we all know it: E-Mail Overload! I previously wrote about getting better at E-Mail Management & I’m happy to say that I’ve improved my productivity a lot since adhering to these rules.
Pause your Inbox
One tool I love to use when I need to focus on creating new content, is a Gmail Add-On called ‘Inbox Pause’.
Basically it just pauses your inbox, even sends people a message telling them that you’re currently not reading your e-mails, and once you’re ready to ‘un-pause’ you will receive all the e-mails at once. You can get it for FREE right HERE. Give it a try! If you’re on Outlook you might want to turn off your new message alert pop-up window.
Declutter your Inbox
Another task I perform regularly is to unsubscribe from lists & newsletters I no longer benefit from. Evaluate the content & value you’re getting from being on each list and then decide if it’s worth it for you to still get those messages.
Use the new Inbox Tabs on Gmail
There’s been quite a bit of bad coverage about the new inbox tabs on Gmail, but from a user & organizational point of view they are not all bad! The new inbox groups your mail into categories which appear as different tabs. According to their site ‘You simply choose which categories you want and your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when.’ I also like the different colors they used, which helps with the visualization.
Your turn: which ways are you using to increase your productivity & not get overwhelmed with e-mail?