Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Be Efficient With Your Email
“I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk
It’s that old devil – the inbox! So many accounting firm citizens, from all levels inside the firm, lament how difficult it is to keep up with emails.
I have even heard partners talk about the number of emails they received in almost a bragging tone! “I get 100 emails a day!” “Well, I get almost 200!”
Don’t let email run your daily life. Don’t make it your default, open page on your desk top. Don’t feel compelled to reply immediately.
I have read lots of articles about how to deal with email and have shared several on this blog. I also practice what I learn! I do not continually check my email. I close my email window when I am getting real work done, etc.
This week I read a post by S. Anthony Iannarino, speaker and author about how he processes his email. I think you will find it very helpful.
He does not live in his inbox.
He works in 90 minute segments (without checking email).
He does a quick scan for anything urgent (that’s your challenge… what is urgent and what really isn’t urgent?)
There are really not very many emails that actually need an IMMEDIATE response. If you have one, then respond to it.
Every Wednesday morning he processes his email (he has five inboxes) and gets them all to zero.
I think you will enjoy reading his helpful, brief blog post. If you can’t give all of his tips a try at least try a few of his recommended actions.
If I let myself, I could sit and process email continually all day long! My method is to check email first thing in the morning, around noon and then again late afternoon. I rarely look at email after 5:00pm. My clients have top priority. I answer their emails first (but not always immediately).
Commit to a new practice for handling email and making your day more productive.
When you visit Anthony’s site, you might also learn some things to help with sales, after all Anthony’s site is thesalesblog.com. And he has a book titled The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need.
- “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”