In reflecting on 2013, I realized that I spent a lot of time focusing on productivity. Specifically, I wanted to make myself more efficient and reduce stress caused by disorganization and lack of process.
Email caused, and still causes a lot of stress for me because I am big on Inbox Zero. However, there are a couple of things that help me get tight control over it last year:
1. +Boomerang for Gmail
- Huge productivity boost and helps ensure that I get a reply if I am expecting one
2. Get off of email lists, kill social media notifications, and overall radically protect who can email me. This means I use the spam button in gmail religiously to help train Google on what (true) spam is. Be ruthless in determining who can email you.
3. The OHIO Rule - Only Handle it Once. I wrote about it in the link I shared below (it is a blog post I wrote for the coworking space we work out of). This ensures that email doesn't stress you out because you know it is there, you read it, but you haven't acted upon it yet.
I'm curious if anyone else has any tips for email management?