Declutter Your Life | Email
Here in Oklahoma, it’s not out of the norm to wake up to a different season every day of the week. It will be sun shining and 70 today and tomorrow you’ll be freezing your butt off in a blizzard. Mother Nature has teased us the last few weeks with some really nice weather and has put me in Spring Cleaning mode. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. (Woah, it's getting deep in here.)
Simplify your life by reducing unnecessary crap on your electronics.
When it comes to organizing and simplifying my life, it seems as if my email is always at the bottom of the list. If you’re anything like me, you inbox seems to be a never ending black hole and to be quite honest, it stresses me out just thinking about how many emails I need to wade through. Just keeping up with emails could easily be mu full-time job, except for the fact that I wouldn’t be able to cross a single thing off of my, also never-ending, to-do list.
Simple tips to increase email productivity and reduce inbox stress:
- Unsubscribe from most of the lists/newsletters you’re on. This is the easiest way to downsize your inbox. You’re probably just deleting most of these unwanted emails every day, anyways, right? My email used to be congested with marketing emails from all kinds of stores, self-help/DIY sites, magazines, etc. At one time, my inbox had reached over 2,000 emails; a vast majority of these emails were from Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Banana Republic, Facebook and Pinterest. I would literally have mini panic attacks when trying to sort through my emails because it was so overwhelming with "BOGO", "FREE SHIPPING" and “XXXX TAGGED YOU IN A PHOTO”. Ain't nobody got time fo dat.
- Sift through your spam/junk file. You should be doing this on a regular basis; I have often found important emails that have accidentally been flagged as “spam”.
- Set up filters or priority inboxes to auto sort messages that need your attention at a later time. For instance, I have all of my emails from Tone It Up automatically sent to my “TIU” inbox. This way I can go back and easily look through all of the emails I have received from them in one folder. These emails are normally tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and recipes that I want to be able to locate at a moment’s notice.
- Use a calendar/planner to remind you to do something instead of leaving emails in your inbox to remind you. Whether it's to make a call, follow-up with someone or start a project. Instead of taking up valuable real estate in your inbox with emails you have already read, schedule these to-dos in your calendar to remind yourself that way.
- Utilize Boomerang to schedule emails or bring them back into your inbox at a later date. Boomerang is a (free) plug-in that allows you to schedule an email to send in the future or bring an email back to your inbox at a certain time. For instance, schedule you’re your flight itinerary to pop back up in your inbox the day before your flight.
How do you manage your email account(s)?