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Email Management

It can be difficult to manage a large volume of emails every day. However, as TechTarget points out:

Email management is a systematic approach to maximizing the efficiency of email practices and minimizing the negative effects that email handling can have on an individual's productivity and job satisfaction. 

In the workplace, handling email ineffectively can waste a considerable amount of an employee's time and can also hamper other employees and negatively impact the organization as a whole. Email handling can account for more than 30 percent of an employee's work day, perhaps significantly more if handling behaviors are not optimized. 

So how do you manage email? Because as a student, you are expected to have read emails from the Deans' Office, your Registrar, our PDO team, eDocket, etc. As an employee, you will be expected to have read all emails, as well. If you are not reading those emails because you are overwhelmed, then you are missing detailed important information. Now is the time to grasp how to manage your Inbox.

Turn Off Focused Inbox

Microsoft describes this feature as "Focused Inbox separates your inbox into two tabs—Focused and Other. Your most important email messages are on the Focused tab while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way—on the Other tab." While this sounds like a great tool, it can hide emails that really are important!

Follow the Steps to Turn Off Focused Inbox »

LinkedIn Learning: Save Time by Managing Your Outlook Inbox with Gini von Courter

Microsoft Outlook includes many powerful and often overlooked features that can make your email workflow easier and more efficient. Join instructor Gini von Courter and discover ways of working with Outlook that can make your email experience less time-consuming and tedious. Learn to create email conversations and set up organizational features including rules, folders, and categories; then discover how to use Quick Steps and Instant Search. From tips about avoiding clutter to in-depth walkthroughs about creating autoreplies, this course is ideal for anyone who wants to be more productive with Outlook.

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Dealing With Emails by Eleanor Beaton

The Four D's: Delete, Delegate, Deal With or Delay

Inbox Zero Mastery with Kosio Angelov

Learn the four "can't fail email management tactics.