For many of us, the inbox is a source of embarrassment: it’s large, disorganized, and full of unanswered email.
Try these tips to stop the shame spiral and better manage your messages:
- Save, but don’t over-file. Rely on your search function to find old email. The time you spend deciding where to put an email — and then later trying to remember what folder it’s in — could be spent on replying to today’s critical messages.
- Keep only one email per topic. There’s no need to keep every email in a string if the last email has the chain of responses in it.
- Do daily upkeep. Spend a few moments each day getting rid of emails you don’t need.