We all get email and usually lots of it! But if you don’t manage the email properly, it can end up eating big chunks of your time. The best thing to do is set up a schedule for checking email – perhaps once or twice per day. That will help you stay on track for the other work you need to get done. Here are some other tips for managing email.
If you have Microsoft Outlook and have notifications turned on, you will find those popping up and interrupting you quite often depending on the settings. That’s why I exit Outlook completely after reading my email. I only open it when it’s time to check and deal with email.
If you have web business such as drop ship business, use your web administrative access to see new orders rather than rely on order notices coming in via email. Most systems are configured so that you can manage orders from your Administrative area.
If you have an eBay business, you can use your PayPal panel to see newly paid orders rather than relying on eBay’s email notices. eBay only allows one email per eBay ID, so those email notices will come in along with customer questions and many other things.
If you have a service business and rely heavily on email try setting up multiple email accounts and have a priority email for the correspondence you rely on. Have all other email going to some other email address and check that on a set schedule.
If you find yourself checking email to often and spending a lot of time in your email, try a set email schedule or use alternatives to help manage that time better.