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The conventional wisdom is that much of the misunderstandings that happen via email are due to the discrepancy between the sender’s intention and the receiver’s interpretation.
We beg to differ.
The misunderstandings happen because everyone is drowning in email without a moment to accurately process and respond.
- You skim instead of fully digesting each email
- People don’t “get” what you’re trying to communicate
- You try to solve problems over email that should happen in person
- Every email looks the same so you don’t know which are most important
- People send you novel-length emails and bury the most important info
Mistakes in that environment are bound to happen, and at work this can make your life miserable.
We can’t take email away for you (sorry! we think it’s here to stay), but we can show you how to unclutter it so you can finally get some work done and go home on time.
Start with Yourself
Did you know the average person sends 36 emails a day? If every single person emails you back, then you’re actively contributing to almost half of the email you get each day.
Take that thought a bit further and you see that reducing how much you send means you’ll get less in return.
Betsy’s been doing this as an experiment for the last few months, and her email inbox is down significantly. Consequently, she’s getting more of her important work done!
So if you regularly send emails to groups, respond with short “thank yous” or other unnecessary info during the regular course of business, rethink that strategy. People feel compelled to respond (just as you do), and it feeds the cycle of too much email.
In today’s episode you’ll learn 7 powerful ways to unclutter your email (plus one emergency reset if you’re currently in looking at hundreds or thousands of unread emails). Be sure to download the guide with all the tools and tips to make these strategies work for you in the blue button below.
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Ever want to say no to your boss, coworkers or clients? You may think it’s taboo, but we’re going to show you how to do it on next week’s episode, the second in our Unclutter Your Work series. Don’t miss it!
(You can find all the Unclutter Your Work series episodes here.)
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