Those who know me well know that I work A LOT! I spend a good portion of my awake time in Outlook or on a device accessing my email. Between my four different email accounts (Paradyne, Xstran, Microsoft, personal) I receive approximately 200 new emails per day. About 60% of those are newsletters or distribution lists, however I still go through every one of them.
How do I get any work done? A few key ingredients help me with this. The first is that I read at 7x faster than average (I can do 10x but I start to lose context). The second is that I’m a touch-typer with an average of 70 words per minute (I’ve been clocked at 104 but make mistakes). The third and most important is that I control my email – as opposed to letting it control me.
That entails me closing Outlook when I need to focus, turning off desktop alerts/chimes, setting rules for any email that doesn’t have my name in the TO field, and setting my mobile devices to manual synchronisation.
In my latest piece for Dynamic Business I talk about how to achieve balance by checking email just 4 times a day. Hard to imagine, but possible!
Also published on Medium.