We are becoming frustrated and unproductive due to the endless flood of emails. We get anxious about writing emails to nowhere, irritated by meaningless thank you letters or just annoyed by a cluttered inbox.

An average person spends 2.5 days a year just on answering emails, says Cue, the personal info organization application.

So how do we get that time back and deal with the stress of flooding email? There are a number of techniques around. Paul Jones, one of the first Carolina email adopters and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chose perhaps the most radical way in 2011. He is happy with the decision so far:


That’s not a way for everyone – email is still pervasive and popular in the US.

If you’re not going to slash your electronic mailbox, Paul Jones says that perhaps the easiest way to improve your email productivity will be the use of tools that automatically prioritize email (like SaneBox) or exploit the existing sorting and filtering features in your favourite mail client or service to lower the “noise.”

Other ways of increasing your email productivity include organizational measures, a “four Ds” method, an “empty inbox” approach and a variety of similar techniques – check out the tips and tricks section.

You can definitely be more productive with email – just check out this compilation of advice, choose ones that fit you best and try to adjust your email practices. You won’t believe how easy it is and how much better off you will be.