TIME WASTER. Do you find yourself constantly checking your mail? Are you sick and tired of responding to same old requests? Or do you simply get to end of day and wonder where all your time has gone? By working a little smarter, you can gain at least an hour a day -- or 15.2 days every single year!
TOP TOOL. Any good email program will allow you to organize and filter your mail, and create standard letter templates. Eudora Pro (http://www.eudora.com/), in particular, makes light work of managing your mail at a very affordable price.
BOX CLEVER. Create a simple filing system by organising your incoming mail into folders -- this saves you valuable searching time. Examples of folders include Work, Personal, Ezines, Articles, and To Do. You can also use your email program like a Filofax storing draft messages and reminders in your Monday through Sunday or To Do folders.
DIRECT MAIL. Filters can redirect your incoming emails into specific folders. Your ezine subscriptions, for instance, can be sent straight to your Ezines folder. Automatic filtering makes it easy for you to stash, trash, or act on your mail with a minimum of fuss and time.
FILTER CLEAN. Professional email clients have a whole range of filtering options. You can command Eudora to play a "warning" sound when invoices arrive, transfer all your ezines to your "To Read" folder, or label emails from your friends and family with your favourite colour. The choices are vast.
PUT IT ALL ON AUTO. Some filters can act like autoresponders by replying with a pre-written message or template whenever you process your mail. Eudora Pro will set up an unlimited number of these. So, if you've asked people to place "info" in subject bar, just set up your filter to reply with "info" stationery. Think how much time this neat little feature will save you!