At least 65% of Americans use email every day. While leaders often have staff who handle most of it, a sizable amount still must be dealt with personally.
If you check email every five minutes, that means you’re doing it over 100 times a day. Three rules to get it under control:
- Don’t touch email twice. The old rule for paper applies here, too.
- Email is for facts, not feelings. Visit or pick up the phone.
- Never click a link in email. Type the address into your browser.
- Turn off your phone for set periods, and silence email alerts.
- Use Unroll.me to manage email subscriptions.
- Stay out of your spam folder.
— Adapted from “How to Win at E-Mail,” Consumer Reports.