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Managing Your Work Habits

A guide to help you choose methods and tools for organizing your research and work in meaningful ways.


Email can be used as metric for productivity and prioritizing. It's important to keep up with emails so you do not miss important information. 

Prioritizing emails:

  • Outlook: pins and flags
  • Google: stars 

Organizing emails:

  • Outlook: folders and subfolder
  • Google: tags

Both prioritizing and organizing can help you stay proactive about responding to emails. It may also be helpful to block out time to read and respond to emails.

Screenshot of Outlook, with folders and pinned emails highlighted


Screenshot of Gmail with starred emails and tags highlighted