Most inboxes go out of control after a couple of months of signing it up. I can attest to that. Spending more time deleting unwanted mails than reading what you’re supposed to look for is a bit annoying for the most part of it. If your inbox is flagged with spam messages every time you open it, it’s time to make a general cleaning and put a stop through all that nonsense. Inboxes are meant for us to read important correspondence and not become an online store market. Let’s find out a few methods on how to prune our inboxes to get the most of our time.
1. Delete unnecessary mails. This is the first thing you wanna do upon opening your mailbox. Don’t you wanna hit the delete button every time you see those feeds you don’t ever know how they got to your email in the first place? You can figure out an email to delete or not just by reading the subject and the sender on it. Those subscriptions that you are not basically reading should be included in the trash bin also. It would be best to unsubscribe them and put to active your spam to filter your mails with unwanted sender.
2. Address emails immediately if necessary. If an email doesn’t take too long to respond better do it immediately. Don’t add it to your bulk of unread emails. Sooner or later you might need to go back with those emails and it will already cost you a lot of time with these brief emails un-replied. If it doesn’t cost you more than five minutes to think and respond to the mail, don’t wait for later. Respond to it immediately and you will see as time goes by how better you’ve become at brief responses.
3. Archive is a better option. When you have hundreds of thousands of emails you don’t want to delete for future references, put it on archives. Don’t clutter your inbox with old emails you need not to respond. Old emails don’t belong there anymore. File it neatly on archives and organize its folders by contents. Save your inbox with the things that you needed to deal with to keep you from looking up and down in order to find something that is relevant as of the moment. Organize old mails in an appropriate folder so that you will know where to find them later.
To launch an all-out assault into your emails is a grueling job. But it is very much rewarding afterwards. Storing as many emails as you want is not a problem since all of the email providers offer infinite storage space. It would only pose as a problem if it already interferes with your work and forces you to have lesser time with family and personal life. The digital world is there to make your life efficient rather than harass you with so much electronic stuff.