I don’t know about you but the amount of emails I get in my inbox on a daily basis can easily swallow up my whole day. There’s an email for everything and from everyone now a days. I have email for the office, I have my personal email, I have my blogging email, we have messages from social media accounts – we are constantly being hit by numerous notes and communication. Keeping your inbox organized and in control will not only help you feel calmer but it will also improve your productivity.
1.) Create folders – keeping organized folders will help you assign your messages to projects and tasks.
2.) Set up rules – in most email accounts you can set up rules that will send the email directly to the folders you have assigned them to. I find this especially helpful at the office.
3.) Unsubscribe to junk mail – if it isn’t information that is relevant to you don’t allow it to clog up your inbox.
4.) Use programs to manage promotional emails – I use unroll.me. I’ve been using this for a few years and I love it. It collects all of the emails I assigned to it into one place and then I receive one daily email to link to it.
5.) Set designated times to check emails – schedule out email time to allow you to review your emails. I check my emails once in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening. Though this doesn’t work for me for when I’m in the office because our prime communication method is email this is great for my personal and blog email accounts. This keeps me from getting stuck reading email after email and losing track of time.