The ills of email notifications are widely known, yet many continue to keep them on because turning them off produces so much anxiety. Here’s how to silence notifications and keep your calm.
The average professional spends 28% of the workday reading and answering email, according to a McKinsey analysis. For the average full-time worker in America, that amounts to a staggering 2.6 hours spent and 120 messages received per day.
When it comes to email management, most professionals have resorted to one of two extreme coping mechanisms as a last-ditch attempt to survive the unending onslaught: at one end, there are the inbox-zero devotees who compulsively keep their inboxes clear, and, at the other, there are those who have essentially given up. Emails enter their inbox and remain.
However, the research shows how to eliminate half of this time with a comprehensive email management system. These resources cover everything from the optimal email folder system to when to check your email to how those who receive high volumes of emails can automate email processing.
Email notifications cost people a lot of time, but many worry that turning them off will lead them to miss something important. Here’s a workaround.
The average professional spends 28% of the workday reading and answering email. With 5 practices, you can cut it in half.
These 5 actions are the summary of compelling research on how to do email management productively.
Snoozing will cause us to spend more time in our inboxes rather than less and lead us to use our inboxes as a to-do list, a productivity no-no.