It’s easy to let your email inbox get the best of you. Anyone with an email address can easily receive dozens of messages a day and with a work account and junk mail included, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a hundred or more emails per day.
We’ve all seen images of inboxes with hundreds or thousands of unread messages, and you may even know someone who’s snowed under with unread email. Hopefully, you’re not in that situation, but if you are, now is the time to regain control.
Last week I suggested that you empty your home of excess by taking part in the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. Emptying your email can be part of this challenge. While you won’t need any physical bags to clean your inbox, you’ll need time and an organizational system.
First, set up a few folders to move emails you may want to find at a later day. Maybe something like these:
- Financial Info
Then start cleaning out unopened messages.
- Delete everything more than 30 days old. If you haven’t read it in 30 days, it can’t be that important so just select these messages and DELETE in mass.
- Now open, read, file or delete the remaining messages.
- Repeat this process daily so that at the end of the day no messages remain in your inbox.
An empty inbox and the mail icon on your phone without a number screaming at you to check your email is a great stress reliever since you won’t be worried about missing or losing important messages.
Open, read, organize and most of all get control of your email.