According to McKinsey Institute, we spend nearly a third of our work time managing emails. So, it’s no wonder that anyone in business is constantly searching for new solutions to better manage their inboxes.
I look at my email from under the covers as soon as I wake up. So, naturally I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about how some of the most successful CEOs in the world deal with their email. Their secrets have been shared on the new Thrive Global Journal, Arianna Huffington’s new platform about how to stress less and rest more.
From Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who swears by email to do his work, to Life Coach Tony Robbins, who says there’s no internal company communication by email, everyone has a wildly different approach. Here’s how CEOs around the world tackle their email every single day:
CEOs that make email work for them
“Love it. Live on it. Saves me hours and hours every day. No meetings. No phone calls. All because of email. I set my schedule.” - Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur and Investor
"To receive less email, I try sending less email. Also try to clear out all unread email at least once each morning and each night. Lastly, I don't send email after 11 p.m. or before 5 a.m." - Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
CEOs that leave email to someone else to manage
“I abhor email. I read it in the morning and throughout the day. I have a fantastic assistant who reads all of my email and responds to many with a CC to me. That way, we can advance topics, and I can know when to add my two cents. I do a lot of thanking on email, and try to be thoughtful about that.” - Danny Meyer, Restaurateur; CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group
“If I let email dominate me, it would dominate me completely. My own emails I have organized by my assistants, they go through and chunk them based on categories. And they have to deal with both urgent and important, but also I have categories related to my family, categories related to the various companies I have, categories related to media. I get it organized in chunks and brought to me in a way that I can focus on the things that relate to one another and solve them all at one time.” - Tony Robbins, Author and Entrepreneur
CEOs that have a love, hate relationship with email
“My email and I are currently attending relationship therapy together. It doesn’t seem to understand that I need a bit more space and time apart. I think it needs to play harder to get if we are going to make it in the long term.” - Laura Arrillaga Andreessen, Philanthropist
“I try not to check my emails every five minutes unless I am expecting an important email. I dedicate a time once or twice a day to answer my emails.” - Nikita Kahn, Founder, NK Her Lifestyle
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