Checklist for Email Inbox Zero

I avoided reading The 4-Hour Workweek for the longest time. My mistake!

If you want to learn how to save time and be more productive, this blog is gold-dust. It’s a cut above the rest as it backups up his philosophy with real case studies that demonstrate how his methods work. For example, Bernard Sandoval developed a 5-page 4 Hour Work Week guide as required reading for his employees called “Being More Productive” that you can download below.

4 Hour Work Week - Email Time Saving Tip

Studies show the average worker checks email 30 times per day

How to Crush your Inbox

Here’s a suggested approach to reduce the amount of time you spent/waste on emails.

  1. Set a time each day to check your email and check voice mail
  2. Studies show the average worker checks email 30 times per day.
  3. Our goal is to let the email “batch” or collect and check 3 – 4 times a day.
  4. Quit, close, or disable send/receive when working on important tasks.
  5. Read client/agency related emails only and delete non-business related emails.
  6. Unsubscribe from email lists that do not contribute to client work.
  7. 30 minutes should be sufficient to return all important emails and phone calls.
  8. Lunch is a good time to conduct personal business and return non-business voice mails.
  9. Personal emails, browsing, and calls are not permitted during business hours unless there is an emergency.


The 4-Hour Workweek and Case Studies & Checklists

Be More Productive Checklist PDF