When was the last time your listened to your own advice?
My turn came this weekend when I was finally paralyzed by 700 emails sitting in my inbox. Every one of them was dead weight cramping my productivity and creativity.
Every time I opened my inbox I felt anxious over what could be falling through the cracks. And in fact, much was as I feared.
So I finally rolled up my sleeves and reviewed the four-minute Mastering the Inbox video I created over two years ago. In less than one hour, I am in control of my inbox and communication again!
You inbox may be robbing your mental energy and negatively affecting your communication too, so I thought you may benefit from this video as well.
Two Quick Tips to Speed the Clean Up Process
1. Clear the “Many” first: When you come across a popular email from one of your subscriptions (Coupons, Newsletters, Offers, Blogs, etc.), do a global search for emails with the same sender or subject line. When the 30, 50, 100 emails pop up. Select all. Delete.
2. Prepare for a Tidy Future: Create rules (Outlook) or filters (Google Apps) to do the heavy lifting for you. Right click the email you want to use as a template, then create a rule or a filter to either delete it automatically, file in a “Read Later” folder, or categorize it for easy viewing and delegating. Rules and filters are great because you can modify them or delete them later.
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