Take Control of Your Inbox with Timeboxed Email Checking

07 Dec 2022

Email can feel like an infinite to-do list that keeps growing no matter how much time you spend trying to clear it out. The constant notifications and never-ending stream of messages can easily distract you from important work. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can take control of your inbox by timeboxing your email checking. Here’s how it works and why it’s so effective for improving productivity.

Emails on a computer screen

Schedule Specific Email Checking Blocks

Instead of aimlessly checking your email throughout the day, schedule specific blocks of time to process messages. For example, you could allow access to your email for 15 minutes when you start your workday, then block it again while you focus on top priorities. Schedule another 15-minute segment before lunch, then again in the late afternoon.

With Saved for Later, blocking and unblocking Gmail takes just a few clicks. And you won’t have to worry about getting distracted outside of your allotted email time.

Stay Focused While Email is Blocked

When email is blocked, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish without constant interruptions. Instead of getting pulled off-track every time a new message pops up, you can focus for extended periods on creative work, strategic thinking, or heads-down productivity.

The knowledge that you’ll check email at the next scheduled interval can keep you from stressing about all the messages that await you. Use this found time to make progress on meaningful goals.

Review Saved Links at Appointed Times

If coworkers email links or files while you have email blocked, no need to worry—Saved for Later automatically saves them for access during your next email checking period. Review saved links alongside new messages at your scheduled email check-ins. Then close your inbox feeling caught-up and in control until your next allotted block.

By timeboxing distractions like email, you can work smarter, make the most of your days, and keep stress under control. Try Saved for Later today and take back your inbox!

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