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Email Productivity – 2 Great Tools to Save Your Time & Sanity

Note: This is the first blog article in an on-going series that will focus on how we effectively use technology to improve our efficiency and get more done in the same time.

Short Version: This post shows how we use several tools, The Email Game & SaneBox, that easily integrate with Gmail or Google Apps for Business to increase your email productivity in a fun way.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Email productivity has been a popular concept recently for a lot of good reasons – . Email has been a huge benefit to corporations and individuals for 10 years now. Its certainly convenient to use and the ‘friction’ of communicating has been reduced but, I would argue this has lead to many abuses (or overuse) of email as well. In speaking to our clients we commonly hear complaints like these:

  • “I get way too much email – 100 or more per day”
  • “I cant get anything done because I keep getting interrupted”
  • “It takes six messages to schedule a meeting”
  • “Each message multiplies like rabbits – sending one generates two to three more!”
  • “I feel like I’m chained to my smartphone”

We’ve been in this same situation and figured out some great ways to attack the problem. Here they are:

  • Use Google Apps for Business. We’ll explain why we use this in a future post, but Google Apps is a GREAT tool to consolidate your email and administrative management while saving your business time and money. It’s like Gmail for business and has a huge number of apps that integrate with it to make it infinitely more useful.
  • Use a tool like “The Email Game” or SaneBox
  • Batch email processing and don’t look at it other times during the day

Recently I started using The Email Game after learning about it on a web interview with Tim Ferriss, author of the acclaimed “4 Hour Workweek”. The game integrates gamification and email management best practices and goes something like this…

I’ve used it for a few weeks now and I’m hooked. I’m constantly trying to beat my best score and get points by, ironically enough, checking email less often and dealing with email at a designated point in the day or scheduling a time to handle it. I have a lot more time to focus on more valuable things as a result. Its definitely improved my productivity and reduced my stress level as well. If you use Gmail or Google Apps try this one out and see if you can beat my score below – if you can, add your score in the comments below.

 Eric's EmailGame Score

Another great solution to the email time killer is SaneBox. SaneBox hooks into pretty much any common email system and places all incoming message into a folder for you to review and act upon at a user defined frequency. So far the system, according to their statistics, has save 2.4 MILLION minutes for their users – this is no small feat. The system is very smart about how it categorizes the emails and ‘learns’ from your individual patterns. I think the system is awesome but seem to be a bit more hooked on The Email Game because I get points and am very competitive, even if I’m not competing against anyone else.

Because of these, I’m probably saving about 1-2 hours per day, which works out to an extra 25-30 days a year to work on other things or take a break and go skiing or something else I enjoy.

These are just a few of the methods we use to work smarter, and get more done in the same time. We’ve got a lot more to cover but this should give you an intro of things to come. Stay tuned for Part 2 in the series where I’ll dive into how we use the tools at a deeper level.

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Who is Solid Logic Technology Inc. (SLTI)?

As you may have noticed, our website has been updated over the past few days.  We thought this would be a good time to answer some questions. This post should give you a good idea of who we are and where we are headed.

We’re a Birmingham, Michigan based mobile application development start-up founded by two entrepreneurs – Eric Detterman and Ron Redmer – that love technology and have spent their entire careers around it.  We have developed web software, mobile apps, trading systems (stock, commodities, and currencies), photography systems, call center software, technology for the defense industry and many other things.  We have personally been involved in pretty much everything related to the IT industry –  software development (coding in most major programming languages and even some obscure ones), software development management (in-house, outsourced, offshore, etc.), hardware virtualization, ‘cloud computing’, advanced technologies, etc. Click here to view our management team bios.

Solid Logic Technology Inc. uses software and technology as a means to an end – it allows us to accomplish some goal for ourselves or our clients.  We build software to do cool things with mobile phones, cloud-based web servers and other cutting edge technology.  We try to align ourselves with the leaders in the IT industry – Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, etc. We focus on bringing thought leadership and value to each client project.  We have managed internal data centers before but don’t anymore – everything we do runs securely in the cloud so we don’t have to think about it very much. This frees us up to focus on creating software.

What is SLTI going to blog about?

We’re going to blog about quite a few different topics. We’re going to use the blog as a way to communicate things we’ve learned throughout our careers and some of the cool things we come across day to day.  We’re going to have some posts specific to the work we do and some complex software and technology items for the geeks and we’ll also have a lot of things for everyone else too.

Business and Non-Technical Ideas

    • ‘Lean’ start-up concepts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean_Startup)
    • Outsourcing and ‘Virtual Assistants’– Business, Personal, Lifestyle
    • How to improve the workplace with technology and process improvements
    • How to work the same amount of time and get more done
    • IT Industry trends, reviews and commentary
    • Smart-Phone and Mobile Tablet Industry trends, reviews and commentary
    • Common software development errors
    • What works and what doesn’t work in software development projects
    • How to explain highly technical items to people who don’t care about or don’t understand the technical aspects
    • How to eliminate information overload (i.e. 200+ emails daily!)
    • Software and business risk reduction
    • IT software & service provider selection process
    • Our community involvement

Technical Ideas

    • New Technology – programming languages, techniques, development environments, virtualization
    • Cloud computing
    • iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry app development concepts
    • Mobile app and web integration
    • Open Source and proprietary software analysis
    • Software and tool reviews

So far these are our ideas. If you have any other ideas or suggestions – feel free to drop it in a comment or contact us. Since we’re still making changes and improvements to the site, please subscribe to the blog so we can keep you up to date with our progress.