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The reason I bought this book was because my own inbox had a whopping 10,000 emails in it dating back several years, and 99% of them just sitting there never to be looked at again. Although it was always on my "to-do-list" as one of those things to "get around to someday when I have time", I procrastinated and the inbox built itself into an email T-Rex. Although I don't get as many emails as Steve does, averaging only 6-10 a day, over the course of a few years it can grow into an uncontrollable mess without a "habit" to clean it up.
As Steve points out in this book, you need to develop the habit of keeping the inbox clean on a daily basis. With all the social media subscriptions these days that automatically sign you up, it doesn't take long to accumulate an army of mass emails. Throughout the book he introduces several techniques and links to useful debits/software that can help you do this. One of my favourites is the "Unrollme" website for getting rid of unwanted subscriptions and the email browser [google chrome, opera] for quickening the email sorting time.
The book is well structured and highly organized to be of benefit to both the "social emailer" who gets as few as 2 emails a day, to the "busy entrepreneur" who may be overrun with hundreds a day. Whatever your scenario, this book can help you to gain control of the situation. My favourite section was the one at the end "I have 10,000 emails! What do I do?" As I checked my inbox it was well over that. Steve gives 10 useful tips for getting to ZERO.
For less than $3.00 this book is of great value and worth the investment, as well as serving as a useful resource to reflect back on when you get stuck again or, if you need to refer to the techniques for handling the steady influx of email.
I've noted all the tips that apply to me and already I can see the difference.
The tips that I found most effective so far:
Check email no more than twice a day.
Switch off all email notifications.
Every email should be unopened or acted upon. No exceptions.
Use the four D's to deal with email.
I do wish I had read Scott's book earlier!
Why not five stars? I'm missing information on how to get all the action steps out of your mailbox. Some system, tips or blueprint to use for example evernote to streamline the process of getting your ToDo's onto a ToDo list.
The only other comment I can make is that those of us who are "Road Warriors" really NEED to have of email on our phones. We may have office or customer communications that are urgent. But I do agree that for most people, it can be like a ringing phone: urgent but not important. Not sure if it's still in print, but the book, "Tyranny of the Urgent" is worth reading.
Thames again for a great book. I'm going to put a couple of the techniques I was not already using into play tonight. If you suffer from email overload be sure you read this book.
His 9 Steps are broken down into more detailed - but immensely do-able - steps. One of them is to make emails short. In his words, "Short replies aren't rude." He points out to make emails actionable. Instead of an open-ended question, make it a question that needs a specific reply. He also reminds us that phone calls or Skype are still viable options.
His tone is that of a friend trying to give another friend a helping hand. Some of the suggestions can go a long way in decluttering other parts of your digital world. Just remember, the book won't do the work for you. YOU have to DO the steps to declutter your email.
It is far too easy to let your email inbox take over your life.
These simple to follow and implement tips will help you tame your inbox, improve productivity and free up useful time.
Using just one tip alone can save you a huge amount of time - turn off your email notifications. Check your email once or twice a day only.
The book contains 8 more equally effective strategies to give you back more of your valuable time, plus many other thoughts and ideas to increase your daily effectiveness..
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