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How Do You Manage Your Email?

Help! How Do You Manage Your Email?

You've shared email management tips before, but I think I need a bit of an intervention. My Gmail inbox is currently a mess of nearly 30,000 message, 12,129 of which are unread. While I do diligently file away important messages and those I want to save, I do rely a little too heavily on Gmail's search function (especially now that I know you can create customized searches).

My work email is filtered, color coded, labeled, filed, and under control, but my personal inbox is a disaster. Can you help? Please share your best email management tips in the comments below!

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LittleMissSunshine22 LittleMissSunshine22 6 years
I like Frenched delete or archive and replay to emails everyday, so the next day in my inbox are only new and unread emails.. So my advice is delete delete delete. Do 100 emails everyday and the day with your clean inbox will come :) just don't give up. you can also try email game - emailgame.baydin.com maybe that will help...
Frenched Frenched 6 years
It's a weird quirk I have but, I LOVE deleting e-mail out of my Inbox every day. It makes me feel like I'm clearing my mind, HAHA. Silly, I know. Sometimes even I get backed up, though. I just pretty much go through everything I get in my personal e-mail, read it immediately (or save it as 'Unread' for future reference) and then I 'Select All' and only save the e-mails that I am going to store in a Folder. It's a daily habit that really has helped to keep my personal e-mail uncluttered for years.
onelovemeg onelovemeg 6 years
Check out my boyfriends blog, he recently did a post on managing email and the joys of an empty inbox. I know I read it and did a little spring cleaning myself. http://almostbohemian.com/2011/03/spring-clean-that-inbox/ Hope this helps! -Meg www.onelovemeg.com
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