How To Handle Your Morning Email

Mornings can be hectic, and on top of all the tasks and commitments you have to juggle, email can be a major source of stress. But it doesn’t have to be! With the right approach, managing your emails in the morning can become a quick and efficient process. I

n this article, we will explore how to handle your morning email so that you can tackle the day ahead without feeling weighed down by an unmanageable inbox.

How To Handle Your Morning Email


NO email in the morning is a good idea

  • Because answering and managing email often requires a lot of time and mental energy (thus takes you away from creating, developing, and shipping new stuff), it’s usually best to put off taking care of it until you’ve completed something significant first

NO email in the morning is a bad idea

  • The reality is that we live in a world where delays in responding to an email can cost time, money, and resources – sometimes in a big way

Here’s a more balanced approach

  • Here’s a simple 6-step process that’s a good compromise
  • Depending on how many emails you receive, this can often take less than 5-10 minutes:
  1. Do a quick scan of your emails first thing in the morning
  2. Respond to URGENT emails only – those that require a response as soon as possible
  3. Delete what’s junk
  4. Archive what needs to be archived
  5. Do something significant
  6. Come back after completing something significant and work in your inbox for a while (or save it for later)

In a nutshell…

  • Answer urgent emails only
  • Do something significant
  • Come back later to take care of everything else


  • Open your inbox right now and do a practice run of the process described above
  • Use the process described for the next 7 days to see if it enables you to manage important emails without getting sucked into doing more. If it does – stick with it. If you just can’t help but stay in your inbox once you’re there, then not checking your email at all in the morning may be a better option.

In conclusion, handling morning emails can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. By following the steps outlined in this article you can efficiently and effectively conquer your morning inbox.

Start by setting up an email checklist and use folders to categorize different types of emails. Make sure to take action on emails as soon as possible and unsubscribe from any unwanted or unnecessary email lists. Utilizing the search function and filters will help you easily find the information you need.

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