How much would you pay to get to inbox zero?
If you’re a salesperson, you probably have two major stresses in your workday. One, hitting.that.quota. And two, managing your never-ending inbox.
Inbox congestion is one of the most stressful parts about managing your sales pipeline. Starring an email or marking it as unread just isn’t enough. When you have 10 starred emails, and 20 unread, it still looks messy and overwhelming.
Here are 3 simple tricks that can help change your daily email workflow:
1. Simply, change your Gmail Settings
No really, this simple trick will rock your world (and I too just found out about it).
How it works: Your inbox will be categorized into three categories. Easily see which emails you haven’t read, which ones you’ve starred and need to pay attention to, and lastly, the rest of your inbox you need to work through.
When to use: This is helpful because you can quickly see new emails, and then file them appropriately. It stops your inbox from building up throughout the day.
2. ToutApp Reminders
This is the perfect trick to help you clear emails you’ve already read, but want to keep fresh in your mind.
When to use: When you want to remember to email a prospect at a certain time. (Forget setting calendar reminders or adding it to your task list; this is the easier way.)
How it works: Set a reminder on an email you need to write, and it will appear at the top of your inbox at a scheduled time. I know that many of us keep our inboxes as a task list; this diminishes the need to do that. When you’re writing to a prospect, set a reminder in that moment and hit Tout It! You’ll be reminded to email that important person again, and be able to archive or file away the email in your inbox. Easy peasy.
3. Don’t FEAR the Archive button!
I know, I know, but what if you need that email for later? How will you remember to write your prospect back? (eh-hem…see #2).
How it works: Archiving does not mean deleting. Period. It simply stores your information outside of your daily inbox. Simply search for any email you need, like: “Prospect XYZ meeting” and it will pop right up. I recently got accustomed to archiving the heck out of my inbox, and now I can’t stop.
When to use: When you’ve finished correspondence with your leads or customers, and do not need them top of mind at that moment. Hit the the archive button. Also, if you have an email that’s over 30 days old, Archive it or set a reminder.
That’s it! 3 simple ways to make your day just a little bit better. For more inbox tips, watch our tutorial video.