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Declutter Your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload Paperback – February 18, 2014
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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!
In the beginning it wasn't that bad, because emails were in text format, and people quoted properly. Then came Outlook and turned things upside down.
Now people were sending my whole mail back with a few of their own words on top! Thanks, Microsoft!
Lately it took minutes to view a mail, and searches were almost impossible. In my inbox alone I had more than 40K mails...
I needed help, desperately!
So I grabbed Steve Scott's book with both hands (and for the full price) when I saw it yesterday, and today I started decluttering the inbox.
It's filled with great tips and ideas and a whole new way to treat mails.
I'm going to be tough from now on. No more sentimental saving-every-email people write to me hoarding-mentality. Thanks, Steve.
It wasn't all tips in the book that were useful to me, because I don't use gmail. But I got so much value from it anyway.
I start to see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
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.
Prior to reading this book I was checking my email on an average of 10+ times per day.
Prior to reading this book I was subscribed to dozens of lists that I wasn't even interested in.
Prior to reading this book I could spend 30 minutes writing a simple email.
In other words, prior to reading this book I needed some serious help with managing my inbox.
And that's exactly what this book allowed me to do.
I now have a simple method to email that allows me to spend very little time in my inbox, and much more time enjoying my life and doing more of what I love.
If you're weighed down each day by email, be sure to check out this simply AWESOME book by S.J. Scott.
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