Inbox Makeover- National Clean out Your Computer Day
Are you proud of the fact that you have 1200 emails in your inbox? That number shows how important and busy you are, right?! Or, are we just too lazy and "busy" to take care of business and emails? The answer for myself is that I just do not want to bother with all of those emails when they come in. I keep thinking that I will get to it later. Well, later is now!
The first step to cleaning out your inbox is to sort your email. You can sort by sender, subject, or keyword. If you have Gmail you will have to search by sender or keyword. (Do not ask me why Gmail does not have the sort function but it is annoying!)
Next, is the fun part. Start deleting those emails in big batches. Delete junk mail, spam, chain mails, email that is no longer pertinent, and other email that you know you do not need anymore.
Then, you will want to make folders for important emails that you do not want to trash at this time. Label a folder for pictures, accounts, for each project that you are working on, each person in your family, a folder for stores or coupons if you get those, and any other kind of folder you think you will need. Then move emails to the appropriate folder. Warning! Do not make too many folders. The point of this exercise it to simplify your email and inbox.
Also, unsubscribe to emails that you are not reading. I like to get free information and sometimes that requires me to give out my email address. Of course then the marketing emails start coming in. Take a minute to unsubscribe to services you are not taking the time to read or do not add value to your life or business.
You can also apply filters so that emails go directly into a folder for you to read later. I put coupon emails in a folder and look at them when I make out my shopping list. This way my inbox is not full of unread email.
Last, let's take the time respond to important emails that are not more than a few weeks old. In this day and age if you have not dealt with something in that time frame then it is no longer relevant. Delete the older emails.
Your inbox should be relatively empty by now. I know mine is!
Please comment below and let me know how your email purge is coming along!