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I have learned my essential email habits the hard way. Just like many others I dealt with email related stress daily. I was overwhelmed but I have decided to learn how to manage my email so that it does not manage me. The email habits I present to you are universal and easy to implement, regardless of your work position or where you work. Just like with any other habit it is best to fight the old one by implementing the new healthier one. Give it a try. One by one and you’ll see the results fast.

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Essential Email Habits to Boost Productivity

I have learned my essential email habits the hard way. Just like many others I dealt with email related stress daily. I was overwhelmed but I have decided to learn how to manage my email so that it does not manage me. The email habits I present to you are universal and easy to implement, regardless of your work position or where you work. Just like with any other habit it is best to fight the old one by implementing the new healthier one. Give it a try. One by one and youll see the results fast.

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Schedule and limit email processing timesKeeping email open and checking it frequently is totally counter productive. One of my essential email habits is scheduling email processing time. Its not the same as email reading time though. I open my email and process it quickly. I turn emails into tasks, reference material and calendar events where they belong instead of reading through them.#1

Decide quickly and take action

Email management is about making decisions fast. Ive learned to act quick. I open an email and I make a quick decision based on my altered GTD methodology. Turn email into to dos, calendar events, reference material or trash them. Simple!#2

Plan your time and add things to the calendar

I always keep my calendar open when I work on my emails. Why? Because this way I can easily turn some things into planned events. #3

Use keyboard shortcuts whenever you can

The key ones that I use to make email management more efficient are gi to go back to the inbox, a for archive, Shift-3 to delete, c for compose, r for reply, f for forward, a to reply to all, gs to go to my starred messages, Tab Return when Im composing a message to send and archive it.#4

Keep your emails short and sweet

I challenge myself to answer all emails with 1-5 sentences. Keeping emails short means its quick to reply. I have also observed that people usually adjust quickly to my communication and most often they are grateful they dont have to wade through an essay to get the key information.

#5

Turn emails into tasks quickly

Instead of looking for my todos that are mixed in with all kinds of other things, making it hard to figure out what needs to be done, I turn every actionable email into a task on a simple to do list.#6

Keep your inbox tidy and archive all you can

I instantly archive all the emails Ive read or/and acted upon. This means that if I read an email and dont act on it, it disappears from my inbox.#7

Bookmark, read later or leave for reference

turn all actionable emails into tasks and to turn all the reference material emails into reference material . So if someone would send me something to read I open the link and add it to Instapaper or Pocket to read later.#8

Close email when done and skip notifications

Once Ive decided to stick to my scheduled email time, I also made a conscious decision to keep email closed once its done. To brake the habit of constant checking it I have also decided to turn off all the notifications.#9

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