Are You Living in Your Inbox?
Does your inbox cause you to be overwhelmed or stressed?
I like a clean inbox, preferably inbox zero. I don’t like going to bed until my inbox is empty. Just knowing that I’ve handled most things helps me be less stress and sleep better.
I have a few tips and tricks to help you see past the clutter.
First, you do not have to respond to everything. I do this a lot too. Whether it’s a will do, or a Thank You, I usually respond to everything, but at some point, this just isn’t productive. You have to decide whether or not its a good use of your time.
Next, Jot things down. If its a sentence you want to remember don’t keep the whole email just that sentence. Even better use Evernote or Onenote and copy and paste in a keepers file.
Use labels! I LOVE labels (NOTE: labels are sometimes called folders or tags in different email providers). You can use labels like the ones below to keep you organized and prioritize your tasks.
- This week
- To read
- Follow Up
- Take Action
- To File or To Sort
- Newsletter Replies
- Contact Form Submissions
- Awaiting Reply
- Immediate Action
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