Image via WikipediaOne of the best ways to really handle your email efficiently is to let your email program do as much of the work for you as possible. The only way to do this is to take the time to get to know your email program and all of the options you can take advantage of to make it work more productively for you!
So, if you use GMail, then get to know your GMail program! If you want to do something special like instantly add a contact from an email you receive, do a search and see what it takes to make that happen in GMail. Learn h ow to flag those emails, add items quickly to tasks and calendars, and use filters to file your email quickly.
Using Outlook Express? The same thing goes! Learn all of the great things that Outlook Express offers you!
The key is not to just go through tutorials blindly but, when a need is discovered, find the solution and use it! For example, if you realize you have something to flag to follow-up on, then learn how your programs flags items and employ it to the fullest.
If you just go through tutorials without feeling the need, you will probably feel like it's a waste of time. I'm a firm believer in learning by solving current problems! It makes the effort worth the time.
Now, there are a lot of email programs out there. If your system doesn't do the thing you need it to do, then by all means look for another one! There are excellent programs for free that are simply amazing for what the offer the user. GMail is a prime example of this kind of email program!
So, Part 12 in our series is an important one but is used when a need arises:
Take the time to get to know your email program and all of the options you can take advantage of to make it work more productively for you!