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#AsktheCollective: How to Get Through 100 Emails in 30 Minutes or Less

We’ve all been there, flooded, buried and overwhelmed by an ungodly amount of emails.

For me and the core team here at the Eyes Wide Open Collective, this is a common daily occurrence. But being in the midst of a launch has only upped our inbox activity – see what we’re up to here.

So for the sake of our team and for your benefit, I’m going to share with you…

How to Get Through 100 Emails in 30 Minutes or Less {Share it on Twitter!}

If you’re experienced with the art of cleaning up and managing your inbox, this is easy. But for most people. 100+ emails in your inbox daily is INSANE.

Email is hugely important when you’re running an online business. I get it. It’s how you respond to clients, partners and a whole mess of other people who keep your business in business. But mustering up the brain power and tracking down the info for each response takes time and a whole lot of energy.

That’s time and energy not spent on doing the work you really love to do.

Like Nisha Moodley says, “Productivity isn’t about doing more, it’s about doing BETTER.”

So rather than going email by email, writing intimate, long responses and working tirelessly to get your inbox down to zero, here are

3 Simple Steps to Get Through 100 Emails:

  1. Set a Timer – This strategy I’m going to teach you only works to help you get through 100 emails in 30 minutes or less if you do it in 30 minutes or less. So before you open an email, decide that in 30 minutes you’re going to close your inbox and get to the juicy parts of your business. Once the timer is set you can get started.
  2. Rapid Fire – Quickly go through every email in your inbox… quickly. As you scan over each email, decide (quickly) if you can respond to it in under 2 minutes. If you can, respond. If you can’t, add it to one of two folders – Respond Today -or- Respond Tomorrow. And move on.
  3. Respond – Once you’ve gone through and quickly categorized your 100+ emails, now it’s time to respond to all of the emails in your Respond Today folder.

And here are some additional tips to keep in mind while you’re sorting through your inbox and response folders:

  • Not every email needs a response.
  • Keep responses short, sweet and to the point – people will love you for it, trust me.
  • Don’t be scared to delete. If you don’t need it, don’t save it.
  • Keep your inbox clean. If you can’t respond to it in under 2 minutes, add it to the Respond Today or Respond Tomorrow folder or delete it, you’ve got to put it somewhere. Create a Follow Up folder to keep emails you’re waiting for responses back on, create a Hold folder to keep important emails you’ll need to reference in the future or send it to someone else to handle.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Leave us a comment below to let us know how this strategy for managing your inbox worked for you. And we’d also love to hear your other tips for how to get through 100 emails.

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#AsktheCollective: A Simple Way to Move Your Business Forward

You want to know the secret to moving forward? It’s all about mind control. You’re gonna laugh at how easy it is, but here it is..

move your business forwardThe secret to moving forward is to do what you can to move forward.

What I see most people doing is spending an exorbitant amount of energy and attention to all of the reasons that they can’t move forward. The focus is on the problem. And often on stories, that in most cases, aren’t even true. We are stuck in patterns of thinking that keep us right where we are in our life.

It’s actually brain science. Our neurology is conditioned to use the same pathways – this is what kept us safe thousands of years ago. But today, this doesn’t serve. We need to create new neurological pathways, outside of our comfort zone to lead us to new results and to move forward in our businesses.

When we give our attention and energy to solutions, even if they have nothing to do with our perceived “problem,” magic happens.

Simple, right?

Here’s an example of what I mean…

Recently, I was coaching a woman who was upset about owing taxes that she didn’t know about. So instead of beating herself up about not calling or doing her research or mourning the money she would lose out on, I asked her to funnel that energy into a project that she could control.

When faced with what you can’t control, funnel that energy into a project that you can control that moves your business forward. {Tweet It!}

Because let’s face it, in business (and life), we’re up against tons of things that we have no control of: unhappy clients, refunds, taxes, late payments, delayed launches.
So when faced with the mountain of things you can’t control, don’t fret over not having enough time, or not having the know-how, or not having the resources or capital to do what you feel you need to do. Then you are just reinforcing old patterns, ideas and beliefs – giving them more fuel in your neurological fire.

Instead, funnel that energy into a project that you can control that moves your business forward.

You are in the driver’s seat.

You’re in control.

Now, we want to hear from YOU!

In the comments below, tell us your story of how you’ve redirected your energy to move your business forward -OR- tell us, what is the one task you’re doing today that is really going to drive your business forward?

Have a question or need support to create your life and business on YOUR terms in the new economy? #AsktheCollective! Leave us a comment below with your question or Tweet Us and we’ll answer it in our upcoming installments.