Are you one of those people who has hundreds (or even thousands) of unopened emails in your inbox? It’s like an epidemic. I can’t even imagine it – I’ve got 20 right now and that stresses me out.
But if you are one of those people. here are a few tips (that don’t require getting the cat involved):
- When you open up your email, do a quick scan of your inbox and delete the junk. Then prioritize what’s left. Some of it will be receipts and such that you can just file. After that, you’ll have a much smaller, clear list of actionable messages to work with.
- Unsubscribe to newsletters that you no longer read. Be ruthless.
- If a message is spam, mark it as such – but only if it truly is spam. If it’s something you subscribed to but no longer want, it’s not spam. Just unsubscribe.
- Consider using a service called Sanebox. It takes a little getting used to, but it allows me to specify which types of messages get sent to my inbox, which ones get sent to a “read later” folder, and which ones go to the black hole, never to be seen again. It’s like Gmail filters but better. There are lots more features too, depending on how you need.
One more thing – inbox zero is overrated. You work so hard at it, then when you do achieve that goal, it won’t last long.
Give yourself permission to use your inbox in whatever way works for you. If you’re an “out of sight, out of mind” person and you like to leave messages there to come back to, so be it. If it’s working for you, there’s absolutely no reason to change to someone else’s system.
Got any tips you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments!