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Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft® Outlook® to Organize Your Work and Personal Life by Lothar Seiwert and Holger Woeltje

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Keep Your Inbox in Order

The first step on the way to an empty—or at least orderly—inbox is to build blocks of email messages, which allows you to work more productively already. The second step is the consequent and disciplined use of a system to process the messages in the block.

The minimum number of remaining messages you end up with in your inbox at the end of an email block or work day will vary. Depending on the type of business you are in, your way of working, and your position and corporate culture, 20 messages might already be a great result. Other users in certain working environments may get down to five or even no remaining messages. As long as you have no more than 20 to 30 messages in your inbox, you can retain an overview and quickly ...

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