Does even the sight of your inbox give you an instant headache? Well, you are not alone. Most of us have a tough time bringing order to our email inboxes, but in a few (well, maybe more than a few) clicks, you can wipe the slate clean and put a system in place that will keep your inbox orderly and functional. Here are a few tips and tricks that can get you on the right track:
1. Delete, Delete, Delete
Get rid of the old to make space for the new. Sort through your emails and delete or archive the ones that are older than a week or two. Do you need that airline sale or confirmation email from last month? Toss them. In addition to deleting unwanted or unneeded emails, use a folder system to maintain order in your inbox.
2. Make It a Daily Task
Set aside 15 minutes a day to tackle your inbox. Small goals will help make organizing more manageable and less painful. Try making it a goal to delete or file 15 to 30 old emails before you even look at the new ones hitting your inbox.
When was the last time you reviewed your email subscriptions? The number of email newsletters and sales promotions you receive can add up and cause chaos in your inbox. Set aside a few minutes a day to review incoming emails and unsubscribe from the ones you never touch or think about. This will free up valuable time and space during your work day or leisure time later on.
4. Defer and Save It for Later
Most email services have a priority option that will allow you to defer less important emails for later. Take advantage of this and only open the most urgent messages first. Saving low priority emails for later will allow you to make sure you address the most critical email firsts and manage your time more effectively.
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