Source: Harvard Business Review
Published: January 2019
Breaking the Email Obsession
Circulated: January 15, 2020
The average professional spends 28% of the work day reading and answering email — that amounts to 2.6 hours spent and 120 messages received per day. Professionals check their email inbox an average of 15 times per day, or every 37 minutes, yet only 8% of coworkers expect a response within an hour.
Practices to break the inbox habit:
- Turn off notifications and instead check your email hourly.
- Move every email out of your inbox the first time you read it.
- Use the search functionality with search operators to re-find emails.
- Avoid processing irrelevant or less important emails individually by setting up rules.