3 tips for keeping your inbox in check

March 25th, 2011

Your email inbox is probably one of your main connections to the world but, if it goes unattended for just one day, it can quickly become overwhelming. Missing emails can mean overlooking important details or missing out on opportunities. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks that can help prevent your inbox from becoming untamable. Here are three of them:

  1. Set up folders

    Setting up folders or labels in your email client is a simple way to organize your inbox. Typically, you can set filters to sort out your emails automatically so that emails from certain addresses will go into a unique folder.

    This makes it easier to decide which emails need to be addressed immediately and which ones can be put off. Fortunately, most email clients and services make creating folders, labels or tags easy to do.

  2. Enable conversation view

    Enabling conversation (or “threaded”) view in your email client decreases the number of visible emails in your inbox. Emails that are related to one conversation will all be found under one “email” instead of taking up multiple spots in your inbox.

    Also, when you use this feature, you will address all emails in a conversation when you address one. There is no longer a need to go through and archive each individual email – delete one, and you’re done.

  3. If it will take less than 5 minutes to address, deal with it right away 

    Any email that can be taken care of in less than five minutes probably isn’t worth putting off. These emails are typically easy to address and only create more stress when they’re put off. As you get accustomed to this process, you’ll likely find these emails even easier to address.

These tips are only three of many that can help streamline your email inbox. They’re easy ways to manage your email and help make it less stressful, so why not try them out?

For more tips on email management check out this Business Insider article.

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