That feeling might be closer to the truth than you think: The average worker spends 13 hours per week reading, managing, and responding to emails. That means you could be spending almost a third of the entire work week on email!
Try tracking the amount of time you spend on email every day, and you’ll probably be shocked at how much time it’s costing you.
But cutting down the time you spend on email isn’t so easy. Email is a never-ending battle; it seems like for every email you delete or archive, 10 more pop up to take its place. And even if you manage to get to inbox zero, you can count on it being full again the next morning.
It’s easy to unsubscribe to all the email clutter you don’t need (store newsletters, endless social network updates, blog subscriptions), but those are often only a small fraction of our emails.
Nowadays, many of us use email as our primary form of communication — especially when you’re a webmaster and conduct your business online. Email is an ideal form of communication: it cuts down on meetings, saves paper, and creates a record of every conversation. When you’re trying to cut down on business or work email, you may be dismayed to find that most of them are actually necessary, or at least better than the alternative.
But there are ways to streamline the process so you can reclaim some of those precious 13 hours a week.