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Inbox Exposed: Sarah K. Peck, Writer, Consultant, Founder of Startup Pregnant
Email is a non-negotiable part of everyday life. For some, it’s an unruly time suck, but enlightened email users have systems to ensure they’re not a slave to the inbox. We’re asking smart thinkers to give us a peek inside their inboxes, share tips, ideas, gripes, and everything in between.
Sarah K. Peck has a lot going on. A 20-time All-American swimmer, Peck teaches yoga, advises startups, runs the media company Startup Pregnant, creates online courses, and somehow finds time to blog regularly. Despite her various projects, she describes how she maintains a disciplined email habit and why she no longer believes every email requires a response.
On her changing email habits:
This year I’ve been practicing slow email. I can take two to four weeks to reply, which can be insane for some industries. I only answer quickly for things that are already on my schedule or are easy enough to do and fit in my allotted email times.
Emails between reps:
Sometimes in the afternoons if I’m working from home, I cycle workouts with emails (I do a rep of weights and then answer 10 emails as a break), and repeat until my workout is done. The physicality of the pairing makes me notice how long each email is taking.
For clear email communication:
Write the response you want to get. If you’re struggling with crafting an email, flip it inside out and write the desired response you want to get. THEN write the email you want to send. Makes it a whole lot easier.