Every morning (and evening) most of us open up our inbox and spend ~15 minutes triaging the flood of email. Some execs set aside a full hour every day to go through the pile of messages that arrived every night. The C-level is especially impacted, as key targets of aggressive sales efforts.
Now, we can't blame senders. Today, there's no marginal cost for someone to email you. And so sellers hit the 'send' button on massive campaigns, they automate processes. And we, especially at the leadership level, are innundated with email. If you're the owner of a large budget, you'll especially know the pain.
We've developed personal processes. We've paid for tools that help us sort through the mess faster. And… we've ready the productivity books - of which every one has at least one chapter on email management.
Here are the things that most of us are doing in some way or another:
Because we have so much email to go through, that often results in executives (or their assistants) quickly deleting irrelevant email as fast as possible. This, in turn can lead to:
With Gated, your inbox is split in two:
Gated does the initial triage of what's relevant/not for you automatically. It learns from your behavior to allow people you know (and domains you trust) and routes the rest out of your inbox. But, critically, it also tells people you don’t know how they can demonstrate that they have a relevant message for you.
This allows you to approach your inbox with a different mindset.
With a clean inbox, you'll:
It's long past time that execs stopped spending money and valuable time just to be more productive in email. Let's shift our thinking and set boundaries, so that emails have to earn our attention instead.