by Maddy Osman, GoDaddy
Studies have shown that an estimated 62% of Americans sleep with their mobile phones in or near their beds. Entrepreneurs, who are often stretched thin by competing responsibilities and tasks, are without a doubt a big part of that number. What you can get done on your phone is incredible. And, with the right tech shortcuts, your smartphone can reduce your workload and improve your work-life balance, instead of leaving you feeling drained and asleep with your device still in hand.
By becoming savvy with automation and the tech tools of the time, you can stay organized, sleep better and get more done.
Let’s take a look at some of the tech shortcuts that can make your life easier, shall we?
Tech shortcuts for communication
In an age where many entrepreneurs are working within a global market in which users expect answers and expect them fast, waiting until 9 a.m. EST to respond to customer queries might not be an option.
Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you have to stay up all night sending emails in bed from your smartphone.
When it comes to timely communications, a few tech shortcuts can act as your cure for always needing to be plugged in.
1. Email autoresponders
According to Harvard Business Review, the average office worker spends 28% of their workday reading and replying to emails.
As a business owner, you might be spending even more time managing emails, especially when you consider the hours you put in after everyone else has turned off their notifications and gone home for the night.
Failing to step away from your email not only hurts your productivity but also can wreck your work-life balance.
Many business coaches are now advising office workers to schedule two windows a day for checking their emails — one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to leave clients hanging, especially if emails are pouring in via your website contact form.The solution? Using an autoresponder.
Your autoresponder system can really be as straightforward as sending a response email letting the sender know that you’ve received their message and providing a timeframe for when they’ll get a full response.
Email automation can also be used to roll out multi-email sequences for things like keeping your email list engaged, building relationships and reminding someone to make a purchase if they’ve abandoned their eCommerce shopping cart.
According to Fast Company, 22% of American workers check their email in the middle of the night, while 58% check it in bed just after waking up.
If you’re one of those business owners who is struggling to unplug, knowing that an autoresponder has at least given clients a window for when you’ll be back in touch means you can sleep the night through and tackle the next day with fresh eyes.
Using an autoresponder will not only help you with your marketing campaigns and keep customers happy but also allow you to stay focused on the task at hand when you’re working.
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