If you’re anything like the typical email user, you have tons of emails in your inbox and spam folders. And if you’re anything like me, it drives you absolutely crazy to see hundreds of emails in your box! Who seriously needs 452 messages in their inbox? After being frustrated receiving up to 30 emails daily and not being able to keep my inbox at a manageable level, I began a quest to de-clutter my inbox and get my sanity back!
Here’s how I did it.
- Unsubscribe to automatic email alerts. This was a biggie. Over the years I had signed up for so many automatic online subscriptions and alerts that my daily email totals were overwhelming. I couldn’t keep up with reading everything I wanted to read so I ended up flagging them to read later, which in the end added to my overall inbox count and left me still overwhelmed. I ended up making a decision to unsubscribe to the subscriptions and alerts that weren’t a priority in my life now. The number of emails I receive on a daily basis has greatly decreased…whew!
- Delete old emails. I know this sounds cliché, but it’s the truth! Don’t hang on to old Groupon alerts or emails from subscriptions you previously unsubscribed from, it’s just a waste of space and a play on your sanity! My personal favorite trick is to use the “search” feature of my email and search for emails related to a particular company, person, or newsletter I no longer care to read. I then delete multiple emails at once making my inbox total shrink.
- Use folders to organize. Most email applications have a feature that allows you to organize important emails. Organizing your emails into folders allows you to retrieve your important emails quickly. This not only saves you time, but also cleans up your inbox at the same time.
In addition to working as a RN, Nachole Johnson is a freelance copywriter and an author with her first book, You’re a Nurse and Want to Start Your Own Business? The Complete Guide, available on Amazon. Visit her ReNursing blog at www.renursing.com for more ideas on how to reinvent your career
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