How to declutter your inbox


Just keeping up with your inbox could easily be your full-time job. I like to keep my inbox organised and clutter free, but it took me some time to find out the best way to do that without spending hours on it. In this post I'd like to discuss a few tips & tricks that have helped me decluttering my inbox.

1. Unsubscribe
This is probably the most important one for students like me. A lot of people have subscribed to tons of blogs, newsletters or sales updates and only read 1/3 of them. Take a moment to unsubscribe from these emails (most of the time there's an unsubscribe button at the bottom of the page), only keep the ones you REALLY read. You save a lot of time by unsubscribing instead of deleting every single email. Also, don't forget to unsubscribe from those Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter updates! Not only are they really annoying (yeah, just admit it), they also keep you off your work. ;-)

2. Create filters and subfolders
A lot of email providers allow you to create filters for certain types of emails. These filters can immediately send an email to a certain folder, delete it, mark it, etc. With subfolders you have more control over what emails you read first, and that you don't have to scroll through 5 sales emails before you can get to an important email.

3. Declutter your 'saved' folder (and/or other subfolders)
I used to save a lot of emails, only to forget about them and never actually read them again. Only real important emails get a place in the 'saved' folder (so delete that christmas e-card from your local supermarket!). Start with an (almost) empty folder and make sure to maintain that. This way you'll prevent that your inbox looks empty but your subfolders are piled up with old emails that you don't need to keep.

4. Don't use your inbox like a calendar
I'm surprised by this, but many people email themselves reminders to do something (e.g. to make a call, to follow up with someone). Instead of emailing these kind of things to yourself (and taking up valuable inbox space), use a calendar. Yes, it may takes a few seconds longer to open your calendar app and set up a meeting/appointment/reminder. But again; it saves you a lot of time in the long run.

How do you make sure your inbox is free from clutter?



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