Is your email inbox stuffed full of messages you haven’t had time to read? Do you dread opening up your inbox for fear of being overwhelmed by new messages staring back at you? If you find this to be true, now is the right time to consider organizing your inbox.
The goal is to reach ‘Inbox Zero’. This happens when your email inbox is empty and you look at new mail as it arrives. It takes hard work to get there, but with a little patience, you can make your email life much simpler.
Ways to Organize Your Inbox
- Keep it Clean
Many of us turn off our alerts and notifications while we are trying to get a job done. However, delaying your clean-up duties is not wise. Unread emails can add up quickly. Consider scheduling daily blocks of time, like 10 or 15 minutes, to read and respond to emails. Don’t ignore this or you may quickly fall behind.
- Use Labels and Folders to organize your mail.
Folders allow you to store emails you don’t want cluttering up your inbox. Create a different subject for each folder and separate your emails into categories. Gmail uses labels to separate emails into categories. When you click on one, all of the emails with that assigned label will pop up, making them easy to find.
- Create Several Free Email Accounts
There are many free email services in the marketplace you can take advantage of. They let you create multiple single use email accounts, such as for personal and workplace mail.
- Archive Emails
Archiving allows you to move emails you are done with for the time being, but aren’t ready to delete. This process reduces the clutter in your inbox.
- Snooze Emails
When a message comes at a bad time, you can snooze the message. It will reappear later in your inbox when you have more time for it.
- Unsubscribe from Unwanted Emails
Unwanted subscriptions can quickly overwhelm your inbox and make it hard to find important messages.
Make Life Easier
Having an effective email management system has many benefits. You will be able to quickly and easily find important emails; it reduces clutter and frees up storage space; and helps businesses more easily recover lost email if a serious problem occurs.
Reducing clutter is key to keeping your inbox clean and manageable. Regularly going through your mail and deleting stuff you don’t need will lead to a better, more organized inbox and a happier you!
At Lodestar Advisors, we chart a custom growth path for each of our clients because we understand each individual, each business, has their own path. Ultimately, our success is driven by your success– we want to see your business flourish. If you’re interested in working with a top-notch business advisor, give us a call at 443-280-0890 or send us a message through the online form at the bottom of our webpage. We can’t wait to start this journey with you!