As it stands right now I’m looking at over 800 unread emails in my inbox and 414 in my priority mail. My inbox is out of control and every time I get it down to a manageable size it quickly jumps back up. I’m pretty sure I could use an assistant just to answer emails. But since that’s not possible I’m going to do whatever I can to Clean Out My Inbox next week.
According to Marsha Egan, an internationally recognized authority on email productivity and author of Inbox Detox and the Habit of E-Mail Excellence, over the past decade, email usage has surged to staggering figures. It’s estimated that 247 billion emails are sent each day. In addition, email has removed many of the boundaries between work and personal time.
An Xobni survey reported that 2 out of 3 Americans check email outside regular business hours and 1 out of 5 check it while in bed. These shocking statistics make it clear that it’s time for workers to reassess their email habits.
“Email is a very effective communication tool when used properly,” says Egan, CEO of InboxDetox.com, a division of Egan Group, Inc. “However, we have allowed email to dictate how and when we work and developed habits that significantly drain productivity. As a result, while we feel like we’re working longer and harder, we’re actually getting less done.”
“In the end, the only way to reduce the negative impacts of email overload is for people to develop the right habits,” states Egan. “With Clean Out Your Inbox Week here, there is no better time to start than now.”
Throughout the week, Marsha’s blog, www.inboxdetox.com/blog, will offer helpful tips, free downloads, and other tools for workers who want to take control of their inboxes.
I started early and re-organized my gmail – all my email accounts route through my gmail account so its gets messy fast. Today I’m removing all my folders and tags and starting fresh.
Be sure to check out www.inboxdetox.com next week! Have fun reorganize your inbox!