You get to work. Open your email. Start tackling the first message. So far, off to a good start.
That is, until an urgent email crops up. You read through the extensive thread, and respond. While you were doing that, five more messages appeared that require answers. One takes a little research, which slows you down a bit, but you finally send it off. You return to your inbox to see ... 10 new messages. Before you know it, it's noon -- and you haven't done anything besides respond to email.
This is a familiar story for many professionals today, who feel as if they're straddling a divide between working through email and actually getting things done. It's no wonder -- according to the following infographic from Cirrus Insight, over 100 billion emails are sent and received every day.
For those that feel like all 100 billion of those messages are cluttering up their inbox, check out the five productivity tips embedded in the image below. They're not quite as effective as a "delete" key, but the easy pointers can help you cut corners in your correspondence, which could add up to a significant amount of time saved. And with a projected 5% increase in email volume annually, now is the time to learn and implement shortcuts.