What’s your go-to time to sit down and browse through your inbox?
Drawing a blank? Even if you don’t have a daily routine and you’re constantly checking your email, there’s actually a specific time of day that most people are likely to read your messages.
According to a study done by Boomerang for Gmail on over 100 million messages, most people like to read emails early in the morning. Therefore, they recommend sending them at 6 AM. This clashes with the fact that, in the same study, most people say they schedule most of their emails to go out at 9 AM.
This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. We spend 1/3 of our day checking email, and for the most part, we can all agree we’re less productive as a result.
So, many of us choose to dig into it when we’re not doing deep work—which is usually before or after office hours. Plus, we all have that one boss or co-worker who loves to clog up our inboxes when we’re home relaxing (if it’s getting out of hand though, use this template to make it stop).
What does this mean for you? That while you think shooting that message over to a client first thing when they walk into the office is a good idea, it’s actually smarter to send it first thing in the morning. That way, you know for a fact they’ll see it.
But hey, hacking the system a bit doesn’t hurt!
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Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author