- Professionals spend an average of 28% of their workday on emails, according to a McKinsey analysis, amounting to almost three hours every day.
- The entrepreneur Rahul Vohra has spent most of his career trying to improve email and launched the email app Superhuman in 2014.
- Vohra gave us his five tricks to get to inbox zero and boost productivity.
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Professionals spend 28% of their working day reading and answering emails on average, according to a McKinsey analysis. For the average full-time worker in America, that amounts to 2.6 hours and 120 messages per day.
Rahul Vohra is the CEO and founder of Superhuman, a subscription email app that promises a faster, streamlined experience. Superhuman is popular in Silicon Valley, counting execs from firms such as Slack, Spotify, and Dropbox among its clients.
Vohra is a two-time founder in Silicon Valley and has been figuring out how to make email better since 2010, when he launched Rapportive, an earlier version of Superhuman that sold to LinkedIn in 2012.
While working at LinkedIn, Vohra noticed many professionals didn’t read most emails to save time, he said. So in 2014, Vohra launched Superhuman, raising a total of $33 million in funding over four rounds. In 2019, the email software quadruped its business and hit $20 million in revenues, according to Forbes.
Read on to see Vohra’s five tips to boost email productivity and get to inbox zero.
Learn email keyboard shortcuts
It’s worth Googling for the most common email shortcuts for whichever software you use. Gmail and Outlook, for example, have pages dedicated to shortcuts. “You need to use an email client that has world-class keyboard shortcuts,” Vohra said.
Free software won’t have a vast set of shortcuts, but most have ways to quickly star,