Do you know that sinking feeling when you open your emails only to be put off by the growing number of unread messages sitting there commanding your attention? Sales emails sit alongside old friends Pinterest invitations and the occasional weird thing you can’t even remember signing up for. If you signed up for any online courses, you have those emails piling up, blogs you subscribed to, comment notifications and then one or two important emails resting snugly in amongst all the mess. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out! Well, it’s time to tackle your inbox and sort it all out once and for all!
Step One: Be realistic What emails do you actually need in your inbox? I keep newsletters, course updates, receipts and then work emails in my inbox, and I have separate folders for each. Sales emails either get deleted or saved in a ‘shopping’ folder, if they contain something exciting or a discount code. Step Two: Delete It’s time to stop hoarding emails that don’t matter. Use your inbox wizardry to delete emails in bulk and watch the numbers slowly slip away. Woohoo!
Step Three: Curate
Create some subfolders for your inbox, so that whenever emails land into your inbox they can be sorted straight into the corresponding folder. Go through and make your email do the work for you, use the ‘Move all from sender’ feature and start whacking things into those precious sub-folders.
Step Four: Unsubscribe
Aw, the sad one. It’s time to unsubscribe from some updates. You don’t need emails from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, random blogs or things you’ll never actually look at. So, it’s time to cut your losses and unsubscribe so you’ll never be bothered by them again. Only keep newsletters that you actually open (my inbox is full of inspiring newsletters and I take one day a week to read them and top up my creativity) and bin the rest. It’s for your own good!
Step Five: Teach your inbox a lesson
Learn how to make your inbox remember the rules you’ve created! There are tonnes of features depending on what email host you use, so you can have emails drop into their folders automatically, or just go straight to junk for you to empty when you need to de-stress!
It’s not hard to clean up your inbox, it will take about ten minutes and once you’ve created some rules and cut some junk, you can bask in the organisation glory of only having the emails you need! Now you can focus on the things that matter and enjoy being organised and productive – woohoo! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Bloglovin to stay up-to-date with everything us CGD girls are up to and to be the first in-the-know with our amazing updates and giveaways!
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