If you want to waste time in business, emails are the answer. All you need to do is leave your email client open, keep an eye on the messages that keep arriving hour after hour, and you’re in prime time-wasting territory. The problem is, it’s too tempting to start answering emails the minute they arrive. But when that means stopping what you’re doing, getting your head in the right place, responding, then trying to get your head back into the task you’ve just interrupted, it can easily take 20 minutes per interruption. You can see how it’s easy to waste hours and hours every week without really realising it.

One way to stop the instant email response habit in its tracks is to close down your email client using the minimise button, so you can’t see the messages constantly popping in. Another is to get someone else to handle all your emails, removing yourself out of the way of temptation once and for all. You’ll be amazed how much you get done when a VA does your email management for you. If any of them turn out to be urgent or important they’ll forward the message to you, or give you a quick call, or even handle the answer themselves – it depends on the level of service you want, how well you brief your VA and how capable they are. Whatever you need to do to reduce your email burden, we can do that for you. If you have gone a bit mad on the subscription front and subscribed to zillions of email newsletters, we can even unsubscribe for you, tidying your email account up so there’s less to distract you.