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Cut the Clutter: Three Tips for Managing the Onslaught of Email

By IHI Open School | Thursday, September 10, 2015
Long gone are those lazy days of summer. The new school year is upon us, and with it, an onslaught of email.

Email allows you to communicate quickly from anywhere, but a cluttered inbox can hamper your productivity. So, how can you make email an effective tool in your work? Here are three simple tips from Bob Pozen, Senior Lecturer at MIT and author of Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.

To recap, those tips are:
  1. Don’t constantly check your email. Set aside a time to look at it hourly or even less frequently.
  2. Skip over the majority of your emails, avoiding spam and other messages of no importance to you.
  3. Only handle it once (OHIO) by responding to the most important messages right away.
We hope these tips will help you boost your productivity this year, and we’d love to hear any other tips you have for managing email in the comments below. For more from Pozen, a productivity guru, check out his videos on leading teams and running effective meetings.
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