You might have guessed this already, but here at Verbatim we are big fans of streamlining the different aspects of your business.
Sometimes that might mean outsourcing, but sometimes it’s just about finding the right tools there to make your life easier.
Today we’re tackling emails, because we all spend so much time digging through our inboxes…
In fact, a study carried out by Carleton University concluded that we spend on average 17 hours per week on our emails… with 30% of that dealing with emails deemed unimportant and non-urgent.
Here are 6 of our favourite tools to help you tame your inbox and keep it that way:
To manage other people’s email expectations…
Tool: Your in-built autoresponder
If you always respond within minutes, you are training people to expect that from you. Consider drafting an autoresponder that outlines:
- How frequently you check your emails (we recommend 2-3 times a day at set times)
- How swiftly they can expect a response
- Another way to contact you in case of emergency
- A short list of FAQ’s (because you may be able to deal with their query without engaging directly)
To minimise the sheer numbers of emails you’re receiving…
Unroll.me “rolls up” all of the email newsletters you’re subscribed to and delivers them in one neat and tidy digest. This way you can dip in and read these all in one go rather than getting distracted throughout the day.
To action the emails that require input from you…
Tool: Sortd or Taskforce
Sortd and Taskforce are apps that allow you to create “to dos” from your emails. No more
forgotten stars and flag, just easy-to-action tasks.
To keep you motivated to clear through all those emails…
Tool: The Email Game
This one is just a little bit of fun. It’s an actual game designed to keep you focused as you process your emails. No more procrastination allowed!
To get ahead of tomorrow’s emails…
Boomerang enables you to craft emails ahead of time and schedule – perfect for if you’re catching up in the evening, but don’t want to send something out until the following morning.
To nurture those contacts showing up in your inbox…
Streak is an inbox-based CRM that helps you to stay on top of your customer relationship in a simple, streamlined way.
You can use each of these tools to simplify the way you manage your emails, and create whole new pockets of time where you can focus on your income-generating work.
Like I said at the start, we’re planning a whole series of “toolkits” to help you stay productive at work. What area of business would you like us to tackle next?