Work Smarter: Rule Your Email

work-smarter-rule-your-email-coverWork Smarter: Rule Your Email will be published by Harvard Business Review Press on February 4, 2014. Check here for updates and resources.

About the book

If you’re looking for a way to more effectively manage your inbox, your email program’s built-in filtering tools can do a lot of the heavy lifting—and this short book by social media expert Alexandra Samuel shows you how to set them up. Samuel walks you through tools and tips for:

  • Using your email program’s filing and rules capabilities to allow you to focus on the messages that matter most right away while automatically storing others you want to read and respond to later
  • Creating a daily process for checking your email that works for you—and eliminates the temptation to respond to every message as it comes in
  • Working through a backlog of messages that have already accumulated.

By reducing the amount of time you spend on email, you’ll be able to focus your time and attention on the work that matters most to you.

The book also includes a 30-minute quick guide to setting up your first email filter, getting you on your way to a cleaner, more manageable inbox.

Where to find the book

Work Smarter, Rule Your Email is available directly from Harvard Business Review Press, and from Amazon, iBooks and Kobo.

Author biography

Alexandra Samuel is the Vice President of Social Media for Vision Critical, a research technology provider that works with more than 600 organizations worldwide, including a third of the top 100 brands. Alex is the author of the Work Smarter with Social Media series for Harvard Business Review Press. She is the social media blogger for Harvard Business Review online, and her writing on technology has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal,, Macworld and Alex holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She lives in Vancouver and online as awsamuel on Twitter and just about every other social network.

About the Work Smarter with Social Media series

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Interested in learning more about how social media can help you get ahead of your daily work — and get ahead in your career? Work Smarter with Social Media is a series of short, digital books from Harvard Business Review Press and social media expert Alexandra Samuel. They include:

Work Smarter with Evernote coverWork Smarter with Evernote

Whether you’ve always wanted to try Evernote or have only dabbled with it in the past, you can take your professional life to the next level by making this tool one of your go-to systems for staying organized. Evernote can help you become more focused and effective on the job—and get ahead in your career.

Work Smarter With Twitter and HootSuite coverWork Smarter with Twitter and HootSuite

You’re on Twitter but can’t keep up with the onslaught of incoming messages. You’re also not sure how to extract value from this social media phenomenon—especially as a professional tool. In this book, Alex helps you take Twitter to the next level by using the free tool HootSuite, which allows you to focus on the people whose tweets matter to you and easily establish the relationships and presence you want.

work-smarter-with-linkedin-cover-250Work Smarter with LinkedIn

If you think LinkedIn is just for job hunting, you’re missing out on the many ways you can take advantage of this social network to build the professional relationships you need to advance in your career. LinkedIn can help you initiate, strengthen, and use the very real human connections that make you effective on the job—and help you get ahead. This short, practical book shows you how.

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