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Free Stack Method™ Masterclass

Email Mastery Video Series

Save 250+ hours a year on email and get back your work life balance.

We’re Double Gemini, and we’re proud to offer you this free video series that will teach you our email productivity technique, the Stack Method™. The average person who masters the Stack Method™ tells us they save over 250 hours a year of email time, are less stressed, more productive, and stay on top of their messages with ease. Everything you need to learn the Stack Method™ is included on this page: 1.5 hours of video lessons taught by our CEO, Prasanth Nair, set-up guides for Outlook, Gmail, Android, and iPhone, and useful downloads including our exclusive process flows.

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9 Lessons

Learn the Stack Method™: Strategic & tactical processes, techniques, and habit-building tips for managing email overload.

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Exclusive Guides

We provide you access to Prasanth’s classroom set up guides and workflows to help you put in place what you learn.

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No Money

This Masterclass is free, no strings attached, because we believe that productive people do better things for the world.

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The Stack Method™ was developed by Prasanth Nair, our CEO, to handle his own email overwhelm. He's been teaching this technique to corporate clients worldwide since 2012, and now, on behalf of Double Gemini, is pleased to offer it for free to anyone who needs to be productive with respect to email.

Why free? Because offering it for free offers the greatest reach and creates the largest potential impact. Because email has a detrimental effect on workplace productivity. Because software companies haven't been able to solve it. Because there are people in need who might not be able to afford it. And because we believe that productive people do better things for themselves, their organizations, and the world at large.
 
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Lessons

01

Introduction
Prasanth talks about the impact of email overwhelm and how the Stack Method is a game changer. Watch now

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02

The Secret to Email Mastery
Learn the fundamental mind shift required to master your email. Watch now

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03

Customize Your Action Folders
How you name and order your action folders is essential. Prasanth shares his philosophy on how to customize your folders to suit your workflow. Watch now

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04

Store With Archive & Active Folders
Learn this simple thought process for storing and archiving emails, and their distinct difference. Watch now

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05

The Smart Way to Process Emails
Prasanth shows you how to use lessons 2-4 to process your emails efficiently to clear your inbox and prioritize your next steps. Watch now

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06

Own Your Email Time
Learn how to give less attention to your email, by making it a more important part of your day. Watch now

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07

Managing Tasks With The Do Folder
Dealing with the workload that arrives in your inbox can be overwhelming. Prasanth shows you how to break this down and focus on delivery. Watch now

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08

The Easy Way to Follow Up
Implement this clever way to remind you who or what to follow up with - without the need for flags, reminder emails, and visual noise. Watch now

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09

A Tale of Two Habits
Prasanth explains how to make this new way of being organized, in control, and reliable, something you can do and be without a second thought. Watch now

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Live Online Classes

Live Online Workshop

Learn the Stack Method from one of our very own instructors in a live online class that is not pre-recorded.

Live Online Setup

Get help setting up your e-mail from one of our very own instructors in a live online class that is not pre-recorded.

Live Online Workout

Get help building the Stack Method habit with one of our very own instructors in a live online class that is not pre-recorded.

Setup

These set up guides will help you get your system configured to support the concepts taught in the video lessons. Pay closest attention to the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail / the quick key set up for Outlook - they’re necessary for you to process your emails faster.

Downloads

In this section, you’ll find everything you need to build the habit. We recommend printing out the Stack Method Workflows and the right keyboard shortcuts for your system and keeping them on your desktop as reference until you memorize them.

Corporate Training

Want to discuss training for your team or organization? Reach out anytime.

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FAQs

We’ve listed some of the common questions we’re asked about our company and the methodology. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, click here to reach out anytime ».

GENERAL

+ Do you offer corporate training in The Stack Method™?

Yes, if you’d like to discuss training for your team or organization, please contact us. We’ve helped organizations across the world implement the Stack Method™. You can view details about our corporate options here.

+ How much time will I save by implementing The Stack Method™?

That would depend on how many emails you receive per day and how long you spend dealing with them today. The average coroporate user who masters the Stack estimates saving over 250 hours a year. Better still, they say that it improves productivity across all their work.

+ What other productivity training do you offer?

We offer training in making holding and running efficient meetings, and in pro-active project management. We also offer consulting in file management and strategic planning. View other services.


ACTION FOLDERS

+ What's the difference between the "Reply" and "Review, CC" folders?

The "Reply," Folder is for emails that require a response. Frequently these are emails asking a question, requesting approval, or otherwise requiring some kind of feedback.

The "Review, CC," Folder is for emails that do not require a response, but have information that you should read. Things like company newsletters or announcements typically fit into this folder.

+ What's the difference between the "Delegate" and "Forward" folders?

The "Delegate," folder is for tasks that you need to delegate to someone else. Not every person will need this folder as not every position includes delegation, so if you don't delegate as a part of your job, you probably don't need this folder.

"Forward," is a folder for information that you need to forward on - not necessarily tasks to delegate, but information that needs to be shared. We also recommend using the "Forward," folder for forwarding information on to different systems, for example, to a printer, fax machine, or filing system. Using an asterisk at the end of the "Forward," folder so that it's labeled "Forward_,"_provides a small reminder that this folder is for forwarding to other systems, not just other people.

+ What's the difference between a "DO" and “DO 5+”?

A “DO” task is anything you have to do yourself (for example, write a report). A “DO 5+” task is one that you have identified as needing more than 5 minutes to complete. You will identify while scanning the emails in your inbox during your stacking session.


REMIND FOLDER

+ Why wouldn't you just label the conversation "Remind" without the bcc step?

When you BCC yourself, you get a copy of the email request you sent out with the date and time stamped on it. This way, if you need to follow up again, you have are tracking how many times you send the request, and having these be shown and add up in the course of the email can also create the added pressure needed to generate a response. Labels don't offer this.

Additionally, if you only label the conversation and do not BCC yourself, you don't have the new, unread email sitting with all your other unaddressed emails at the beginning of your next Stack Session. Emails that are just labeled can more easily be lost amongst other labeled and read emails, so BCC-ing yourself is actually the first step to the process of following-up as a whole because it creates the new, unread email trigger to remind you.

+ How often would you resend a Remind email to yourself?

As many times as needed to get a response - or to be able to sufficiently prove to a superior that you have adequately followed up via email and need to find some other way to escalate your request.


PROCESS CLARIFICATION

+ Does this mean that after you have completed the Stacking process and gone through all your action folders, the folder (say, the delegate folder) will be empty?

Not necessarily. When you review your action folders, the first thing you do is prioritize what emails you want to respond to that day. For some emails, it may not be a priority to respond that day because you may be waiting for more information before you can respond, or you have other priorities that are more time-relevant, etc..

However, since you prioritized the emails you are getting to that day, and since you prioritize the emails in your action folders with every Stack Session, you can rest assured that you have already reviewed everything and made the determination of its priority. So anything eft in your folders is something you have decided is not a priority for that day. This gives you significant peace of mind, even though your folders may be emptied.


SPECIFIC USE CASES

+ I have many ongoing active conversation threads every day. What do I do with those?

Apply the Stack Method Process as you normally would - sort all your emails to action folders, and prioritize and batch process within those folders. After you've done this, you work out of your inbox for the rest of the day.

If you Stack at the beginning of the day, this means that for the rest of the day you will be working out of your inbox, and all those active conversations can be treated more like on-going conversations. The benefit of having Stacked your inbox at the beginning of the day is that you know that you've already reviewed and prioritized everything in your inbox, so you have the peace of mind needed to focus on those active conversations for the rest of the day because you've already prioritized and dealt with all your other email responsibilities.

+ Sometimes there’s one particular email in a huge thread that I need to reply to. How do you recommend addressing just one email in a huge thread?

There are a few different ways to address this:

  1. Forward just that email to yourself so that it appears in your inbox as a standalone email. Then you can sort it accordingly instead of carrying that whole thread with it.

  2. Schedule time to your calendar with a copy of the message itself and relevant contact(s). You can also star the particular email in the thread so that it's easy to find.

  3. Offload the email out of your inbox and put it in a task list. Write down the task you need to take in order to respond to the email and any relevant contact information so you don't lose it.

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