The Gmail Genius Issue #28 — Don’t snooze that email (and what to do instead)

Stay composed: here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail
Gmail got a refresh and they added some useful features, including Smart Reply and nudge, a reminder to respond to certain messages. The product guide highlights what’s new and how it works.

Why snoozing emails is a terrible idea and what you should do instead
Writing for Gizmodo, David Nield says that snoozing is the digital equivalent of kicking the can down the street.

Why email is so stressful, even though it’s not actually that time-consuming
This Harvard Business Review article documents the writer’s insights after she spend two weeks tracking, recording and categorizing every email.

How I Email: Jordan Harbinger, Podcast Host

Jordan Harbinger is the host of The Jordan Harbinger Show featuring discussions with the world’s top performers. A former Wall Street attorney, Jordan has interviewed some big names like Simon Sinek, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, and many others. In the interview, Jordan notes that he’s not big on cold pitches. He advises “digging the well before you’re thirsty.” Here’s an excerpt from another part of our conversation:

I know so many amazing high performers and email is kind of like this dirty little secret. It’s like their drug habit. You look in their inbox and they login and you go, “Why do you have 30,000 unread messages?” And they say, “Well, every time I look at something I mark it as unread and I’ll get to it later.” It’s almost never correlated with how talented, smart, or hardworking they are.

Read the full interview…