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Become an Email Warrior

You ever do this? You look through your email – and mark all the stuff you don’t want to deal with as “unread” because you’ll get to it later. But the thing is you never do!

You know you’ve played this game with your email too.

An email inbox is just another thing to get clogged and untidy. I know what it’s like to have thousands of unread emails and it something that can so quickly spiral if you don’t stay on top of it. I even created a whole course around it.

I’m not the only person who has tried to tackle the issues brought up by email. Ann Gomez, a productivity whiz from Canada, has recently published her book, “The Email Warrior: A Succinct, Practical Guide to Help You Corral an Unwieldy Inbox.” Like me advocates trying to keep your inbox at zero – her approach can clear your inbox in less than 3 hours!

I was thrilled when Ann asked me to write a blurb for the back of her book.  Here’s what I said:

“As a big believer of lists, there is one list that I do not like – and that is a long list of emails sitting in one’s inbox. I advocate a zero inbox policy with my clients because it streamlines life and makes us more productive. The Email Warrior is a succinct, practical guide to help you corral an unwieldy inbox. Busy professionals who are inundated with email will find this refreshing formula simple and attainable.” 

Her book is designed to help you:

  • Process email most efficiently
  • Save time for other priorities
  • Take back control over email
  • Spend less time on email
  • Organize your digital storage
  • Simplify your life
  • Reduce stress

I hope you’ll check it out and that it helps you finally tackle that stubborn inbox! Let me know what you think if you do.

Be Less Overwhelmed by Email

There are days when I’m drowning in email.I wish I had known earlier on about contact syncing, as I feel like this would have made managing my emails a whole lot easier and everything would be in one place. I get tons of pitches at work for health segments ranging from fitness classes to surgeries. Then my personal emails from friends and family pile up and of course there are messages about ListProducer.com. Here are some amazing websites to help you come up for air when you’re over your head in emails:

Bonus- Salesforce: This is perfect for if you are a small business as the website not only lets you market and increase sales of your business but also offers a service that integrates Gmail into it, making it easier for you to communicate with your contacts and your suppliers.

1. NudgeMail.com: This website will remind you of important emails you need to respond to. You simply forward the email to an address they give you and then when you’d like to be reminded about it — and you’ll get a follow up email about it. Brilliant and free!

2. Followup.cc: Here you can also forward an email or blind carbon copy (bcc) an address given to you by followup.cc. If you write “1day@followup.com” then you’ll be reminded in 1 day. You can also email yourself reminders by emailing a specific time like “6pm@followup.com” and you can write an email to tell you to do a task you need to do then. You can even snooze the reminder if want to.

3. Boomerang for Gmail: You need to have gmail email set up to use this one. This will allow you to follow up with people who haven’t written you back. So if you send an email to someone on Tuesday — you have the email sent back to you in any time you specify if that person hasn’t written you back. Yes — it seems like a good nagging tool but it’s also a good “on top of your game” tool. You can also schedule emails to go out at a certain time with this service.

Everyone can use a little help managing overflowing in-boxes — but you can also make a difference by being mindful of the amount of email you send. You don’t always need to write back. Before you hit “send” on your next message — think about if it really needs to be sent or if it will just clog up someone else’s in-box. Good email karma is a wonderful thing! (so is email etiquette)

It may also be worth considering investing in a Spam Filtering software or service that different companies offer to businesses. Being able to limit the amount of useless and irrelevant emails you receive is vital. I recommend you have a look around for the service/software that suits your businesses needs more than others and you will be able to manage the amount of emails your business receives more effectively.

Still feeling overwhelmed by your email? Check out my course Take Back Your Inbox.

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