When it first came along in the 90s, email was an ideal business communication tool. It was easier than a telephone call and faster than snail mail.
But somewhere along the way, email became a monster, gobbling up our time and productivity.
We are now spending 25 percent of our workday dealing with email. We are scanning, flagging and searching for important emails. Sometimes we miss them altogether due to the sheer volume.
Now the challenge is managing your inbox. The good news is, there is a way forward.
The 7-Minute Method
This approach puts you in control of email, rather than letting the emails control you.
The key is setting time boundaries.
Start by setting the timer on your phone to seven minutes. Dedicate two or three times of day to deal with email and email only.