In an a previous blog, I offered a tip on how I was able to control my obsessive-compulsive need to constantly check my email. Another issue I have is keeping my inbox organized and free of clutter. I devised a two-step plan, which I'll share with you now.
Unsubscribe from newsletters and lists you no longer read. Well, duh! Seems simple but I have so many lists I'm on, ones that I have been on forever, never (or seldom) read but simple have been to lazy to hit the "unsubscribe" button. I've finally gotten the number of newsletter and other subscriptions down to a workable number and I've unsubscribed from all the others. I also am not so quick to subscribe to new lists and once I do, if after a month I'm not reading the information or I don't feel it's useful...I unsubscribe immediately.
Use folders. When it comes to managing my documents, I keep my information neat and organized for easy retrieval. But, for my email, I've historically not been so organized. As a result, I used to sometimes spend a lot of time searching for messages. But not any more. Now, I create folders for all of my messages so that I can easily find what I'm looking for with a quick click.
And don't forget your sent messages. I find that often I send messages that are unimportant (unsubscribing, for example) but I never delete the message and as a result I end up with hundreds of sent messages taking up precious space. The same is true of sent messages that are important. Sometimes I will forget to put the message in the proper folder. So now, weekly, I clean up my inbox and my sent messages. My goal at the beginning of each new week, is not to have any old messages in my inbox. They should all be neatly tucked away in their proper folder... or in the trash.
And that's how I've managed to de-clutter and organized my email.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer