How to clean up your email box is a frequently asked question I receive from clients and other people who know I’m a professional organizer. The truth is I have a love-hate relationship with emails and newsletters. After all, I send them, but try to limit them to once a month.
There is a simple way to keep your inbox from overflowing. I know people who have thousands of unread emails. My question becomes “why” or “do you feel like you may be missing something,” and the answer may be “probably.” The replies are, “can you help me? I am so overwhelmed!” Good news is that I can help you with simple strategies.
Email Clean Up
Here are a few tips and suggestions that have helped me to keep my unread emails under 45.
- Know the person personally, such as another business owner, I don’t unsubscribe; I delete if I don’t have time to read
- I have my emails synced with my iPhone; I swipe left and delete the emails, usually three times a day, that I don’t have time or do not need to read.
- If I open an email and realize it is something that I need to take action on, I mark it as unread and schedule time on my calendar to take care of it
- I do check my junk mail/ spam regularly because sometimes the folder has a vital email that is not spam and that I need to take action on
- Don’t know who the person is and I’m getting emails once a day, then I’ll probably unsubscribe, especially if the content is no longer relevant
- Quickly delete spam
- For business owners, be sure to include a picture of yourself and the name of your business. These two things will help people feel more connected to you.
Truth be told, sometimes people view emails like paper clutter; they are afraid of missing out on something, and then it becomes clutter in their schedule of things to do and email inbox
Lisa Giesler – Author, Life Transition Specialist, Professional Organizer