Today I’m sharing something that has absolutely transformed my business and my days!
Who enjoys having pages upon pages of emails in their inbox or creating tons of time-consuming folders?
I’ve developed a game-changing system that saves time, zeros out my inbox, and keeps me from being overwhelmed by tons of emails! If you find yourself drowning in a sea of emails and don’t know where to start, keep reading to find out how to get your inbox to ZERO!
1. Unsubscribe to anything you aren’t using or don’t need!
This is a no-brainer but for some, it can be a daunting task. If you regularly get emails that you aren’t putting to use, don’t enjoy, or don’t read, unsubscribe! Even if it’s only coming in once a month, these kinds of emails are something that you have to expend energy to manage. This will probably be the most time-consuming task on this list, but the amount of time and energy it will save you is SO worth it!
2. Is there anything that can just be deleted?
If you’re anything like I used to be, you may have hundreds, perhaps thousands of unread emails and you can ask yourself, “What can I just delete?” Way back in email 500 and before, I’m sure there are emails that you just have never opened and can delete immediately. Worried about deleting these without opening them first? You can always go back into your trash and find them if you end up needing them so don’t spend too much time on this.
3. Open all your emails.
Once you’ve cleared out a good amount of unnecessary emails, go through and open the unread ones that are left. A lot of them will end up being ones that you can delete or unsubscribe from, giving you even more free space in your inbox before you get to organizing.
4. Create a miscellaneous folder.
If you’ve tried to learn how to organize your email before, the chances are pretty high that you’ve attempted to create folders to keep everything under control. But that doesn’t usually work and people don’t keep up with them! The reality is, we all gravitate towards the search bar when looking for a particular email.
So I found my own solution that is SO simple. I have a folder simply called “Misc”. and it is my catch-all folder. About once or twice a week, I sweep through my email and find items that I want to keep but don’t need my immediate attention. This might be an email with a design I like or an interesting article. I want to keep them, but they don’t require any action on my part. On the other hand, when I come across a potential client’s info or a question from my assistant, these are kept in my inbox since they are more like ‘to do’ items. This way going to your inbox is refreshing and the items in front of you are only things that need your attention.
If you unsubscribe from emails you don’t need, clear out the old ones, and stay on top of incoming emails, this is a system that can totally transform your workflow. How do you stay on top of your email and keep things organized? Tell me in the comments!