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Clean Out Your Inbox Week, Day 2: 10 Ways to Send Fewer Emails
Marsha Egan, CSP - Workplace Productivity Coach and E-mail Expert Marsha Egan, CSP - Workplace Productivity Coach and E-mail Expert
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Dateline: Nantucket, MA
Tuesday, January 25, 2022


The international Clean Out Your Inbox Week is upon us. Yes. We all struggle with the barrage of information that we receive and is available to us daily. And one of the ever-growing sources of that information is e-mail.

Consider the world productivity impact if everyone sent 10% fewer e-mails than their average — every day from this day forward. Not sure what that number is? Simple. Just go into your Sent Mail over the last few days and check how many messages you sent. Take 10%. That’s your goal.

Here are 10 ways for you to send 10% fewer e-mail messages:

  1. Avoid using Reply All. You can just about guarantee that when using Reply All, someone receiving the message didn’t need to see it. Go the extra mile and select recipients
  2. Copy fewer people. Resist the temptation to add Suzie or Sam just because they “might” need to see the information. Copy only the people who are in critical need of the information.
  3. Stop using BCC. Blind copies are secretive. They are often used to “rat out” others. They create clutter and emotion, and usually generate more e-mail traffic.
  4. Call a meeting. When the subject needs true dialogue and brainstorming, call a teleconference or a meeting. Don’t try to resolve a complicated issue with the group via multiple e-mail messages.
  5. Use the electronic calendar for invitations. Large numbers of e-mail messages are wasted with people trying to find a time to meet. Use the electronic calendar feature to seek free times, and to schedule meetings.
  6. Avoid one-word responses. No, we don’t need to see “Thank you.” Or “Great.” Or “Okay.” Please add no value while adding clutter.
  7. Honor the two-round rule. Once e-mail messages go back and forth two or more times, pick up the telephone or call a meeting. The issue most likely won’t get resolved with another e-mail message.
  8. Resist forwarding. Someone sends you a link, a joke, or other interesting information? You don’t need to send it on to someone else to substantiate its value. Enjoying and deleting is okay.
  9. Angry or emotional? Don’t even think of sending that e-mail message — it will generate exponential and unhealthy return messages.
  10. Pick up the phone. There are some messages that can be returned and finalized with a quick phone call. Consider the overall time of the issue or transaction, and decide which means is the most effective — e-mail, phone, visit, ignore.

Chances are that if you send 10% less, you’ll receive 10% less – a back doorway to helping your productivity!

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Today’s offering is an 8 1/2 by 11 poster that you can print and share with your workgroup. It outlines the 10 best practices of a positive e-mailing culture, so if everyone can follow these practices, you will all find greater productivity.

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About Marsha Egan, CPCU, CSP, PCC, ICF-Certified CoachMarsha Egan, is CEO of the Egan Group, Inc., Nantucket MA and an internationally recognized professional speaker. She is a leading authority on email productivity. Her acclaimed ?12 Step Program for E-Mail E-ddiction? received international attention, being featured on ABC Nightly News, Fox News, and newspapers across the globe. In early 2009, the program was adapted into a book, Inbox Detox and the Habit of E-mail Excellence (Acanthus 2009 - http://InboxDetox.com/book) Marsha works with forward-thinking organizations that want to create a profit-rich and productive email culture. Marsha was named one of Pennsylvania?s Top 50 Women in Business in 2006.
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