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Stressed by email? Time to take control

23 Jul 2013 | Business Life, Personal Productivity

Email adds to stress. We all suspected it, now it’s ‘official’.
4 June 2013 Daily Telegraph - Email adds to stress
A study at Loughborough University found that 83% of workers became more stressed while using email, that stress levels peaked at points in the day when people’s inboxes were fullest, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Sound familiar?

The average worker spends 41% of their time on email management, and the volume of email each of us receives is currently doubling every 4-5 years. More than half of all UK workers admit to being stressed by how much email they receive.

It’s time to take control.

If your inbox is out of control, and email is taking over your working life, there’s good news. I’m delighted to be bringing Think Productive’s Getting Your Inbox To Zero to Stafford as a public workshop for the first time this September.

Spend half a day with me and I’ll help you get your inbox under control and work with you practically to reduce or clear your inbox by the time you leave.

Come away with a clear inbox and a clear strategy, with new ways to think about email, tools to convert emails into actions, tips, tricks and tried and tested ‘ninja email’ moves.

By the end of the 3 hours, you will:

  • actually get your inbox to zero (or at the very least be close to it!)
  • implement the structures to help manage email volume and keep your inbox clear
  • know how to create ‘rules’ and tactics to reduce the volume of emails that actually enter your inbox.

Here’s what a few of our previous delegates have said about this workshop:

Many thanks for a super course yesterday afternoon – I thoroughly enjoyed it and left feeling I had learnt a great deal. Your drive and determination to get us to zero was very encouraging and you will be pleased to know it is still at zero! Thank you once again Grace – I will definitely recommend this to my colleagues in Estates.

Gillian Ward, Events Co-ordinator, Open University

I was really impressed with the course you held at the OU a while ago, and put your advice into practice on the same day.

Recently, I was on sick leave for about 3 weeks, and came back yesterday to 160 emails which I sorted the Inbox Zero way. This has really worked for me and I am so pleased.

A workshop delegate at the Open University

Sound good? Get your emails under control, once and for all at our next Getting Your Inbox to Zero workshop.



  1. naomirichards

    I guess it depends on the type of emails you get! Seriously when you get lots I imagine it can be overwhelming. My trick is to look at them twice a day. I clear mine every morning and every night before bed.

    • Grace Marshall

      Great that you’ve found a rhythm that works for you Naomi. The numbers are likely to keep going up, so it’s good to have a system that works for you.

  2. Brad Patterson @ Kwaga

    Sounds like a great event. Do you ever have events like this online?

    • Grace Marshall

      Not yet Brad, but watch this space! Is it something you’d be interested in? Where are you based?

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