Are you a slave to your email inbox? Do you find yourself obsessively checking your email every few minutes? Or has your inbox spiraled out of control – do you feel like you’re drowning and don’t know where to begin to get things back on track?
Fortunately help is at hand – Simply Business have pulled together this infographic detailing solutions to common email productivity problems:
Click the image to launch the interactive version. Move through each of the questions – if you see an issue you can relate to move to the outer circles which contain links to resources and tools to help. Simply click on whatever takes your fancy and it will open in a new tab.
Click image to open interactive version (via Simply Business).
Despite never quite achieving Inbox Zero (normally I’m around Inbox 7, but I’m working on it), I am a massive fan of apps to help manage my email – here are a few I wouldn’t be without:
Struggle to put faces to names? Rapportive is the app for you. It shows you everything about your contacts right there inside your inbox. You can see their picture, where they’re based, what they last tweeted etc. It also makes it really easy to connect with them on other networks like LinkedIn.
This was a total game changer for me. A large proportion of the emails I receive require some sort of action from me, and Taskforce allows you to convert emails into tasks without the need to leave your inbox. Plus you can delegate tasks, and schedule them for later.
Lack the discipline to leave your inbox alone? Worried that you might miss something really urgent? AwayFind notifies you of important messages via your mobile so you’ll never miss an important email again.
Boomerang allows you write emails and schedule them to send later. It also reminds you to follow up or if you don’t hear back from people.
Got some productivity tips of your own to share? Or apps you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them via the comments!
About the author: James Daugherty enjoys being as productive as he can be while watching cat videos
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