BUSINESS: Respecting Your Inbox!

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By Jim Pagiamtzis
December 4th, 2013 Edition

It never stops, like water dripping from the tap, emails continue to come into our inbox on a daily basis. We may want to control them, but at some point we need to manage our inbox. It is possible!

Years ago we had Hotmail and Yahoo accounts. All of our e-mails would just filter in, and we just managed to scan through the information. Today things have changed. We have multiple projects and contacts. Managing communication is important.

Three Strategies to Implement

Use Folders
Creating folders to manage your incoming correspondence is the best to way to manage your emails and daily activities. There are many emails you can view later in the day or week, and some you can just delete!

Folders give you the ability to handle what’s important in your day

Manage Your Contacts
You can create folders with your contact’s name, for example “Eric Swift” and put all the emails coming from him in that selected folder. This will allow you to prioritize your contacts better and gives you an easier way to track down previous emails sent you to by this contact.

Priorities
Being able to prioritize emails that require responses is the first priority that needs to be completed. This should not take long. Answers should be short and sweet.

Recently Gmail made some upgrades separating your emails into primary, social and promotional. This should make it easier to view and then organize your emails for the day.

We are in the 21st century and emails are an important part of your daily business life. Following the above steps will make it easier to manage and bring results to your day.

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