Decluttering is a hot topic currently. One of the hardest things to declutter is your email. That’s why I was so pleased to come across this helpful article: 13 Email Management Best Practices To Declutter Your Inbox
Email management also goes hand in hand with time management, because email is such a time hog.
These are the 13 tips from the post to give you a quick overview. Read the full details by linking to the article. I have added my comment to each tip.
- 1] Allocate a specific time for email every day
- This creates a system and frees up time
- 2] Hit that “delete” button
- How many emails are still stuck in your inbox that you meant to get to sometime?
- Remove as much as you can and archive the rest.
- 3] Labels, folders, and categories to the rescue
- I have been doing this for years and it is very helpful.
- 4] Unsubscribe or “mass unsubscribe”
- They say that Unroll.me works great, but for me I just might get overenthusiastic and remove something that I will later regret and then when I go looking for it I can’t remember the site or name.
- 5] Set up filters to send emails where they belong
- Filters are another important part of a system. Automate as much as possible.
- 6] Multiple inboxes to the rescue
- What a great idea. These are the instructions on how to do it in Gmail.
- 7] Convert your group email accounts into shared inboxes
- I don’t have any experience with this.
- 8] Apply the 80/20 Rule
- Shift your focus needs to the 20% of the emails you are getting the highest value from.
- 9] Pause your inbox
- Boomerang is an easy tool that acts as a personal secretary and reminds you if you don’t hear back from someone.
- 10] Touch it once
- This frees up time and makes you more productive.
- 11] Flag emails that need ‘more’ attention
- Flagging emails in Outlook is quite straight forward, but not so in Gmail.
- Check out this YouTube video to see how you can use Tasks in Gmail to flag your emails.
- 12] Disable social media email notifications
- You can do this quite easily by logging in to your accounts and deactivate all email notifications.
- 13] Set up default replies
- If you don’t know how to do this, check out this easy HubSpot tutorial
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