Email is essential for most of us. It’s how we send and receive important communications to our team, colleagues, and clients. However, it can also be a huge hindrance to our productivity. Even so, we need it to operate in the business world. With that said, we have to spend time on the necessary emails, but we usually also receive a lot of unnecessary emails that we don’t need, and you can spend hours going through your inbox determining which is which.
I’m sure that I’m not revealing something to you that you didn’t know, and you may have realized a long time ago that email can suck up a lot of your time, but do you know how much of your time? A lot of times, we can underestimate how much time we’re actually spending on something. So, it helps to actually put the numbers to work and calculate the time spent on a specific task. I encourage you to keep track of your time as you manage your email each day for one week. I’m sure that you will be surprised at your findings, and you may find that this is something that you need to delegate to gain this lost time back into your day.