Five ways to survive email overload

If you’re overcome by the inbox avalanche or drowning under digital paperwork, there are ways to reduce your digital stress.

Research from The Radicati Group says that, in 2015, the number of emails sent out per day was 205 billion. By 2019, that number will have grown to 246 billion.

There are many benefits to using email: it’s easy to send off one message to many people, it saves on paper and time, and it can be accessed from just about anywhere.

But its success means we now face a daily deluge of correspondence. Here are a few tips to help keep you ahead of the email onslaught:

1. Don’t fear the delete button
Be quick to delete or archive your message if you sense it’s not important to keep.

2. Open it, then act
If you open an email, act on it. Either answer it, file it, or add it to your to-do list. Then get it out of your inbox.

3. Don’t reply to all emails
Resist the temptation to reply to every email, particularly if they are ones you have been copied into.

4. Unsubscribe
Unsubscribe to mailing lists that are clogging up your inbox, or create a new email address just for them.

5. Set a standard around email
Set an expectation that email is for non-urgent communication, so that people don’t expect you to jump every time they send you something. If something is urgent, make sure your colleagues call you or come to see you in person.


Article sourced from WellatWork™ Newsletter, a Healthworks publication.