3 Steps to Getting Your Email Inbox Clean & Under Control

It’s time to take back control of your inbox! One of the key steps to massively increasing your productivity is to clean your inbox and get it under control. If you’re anything like me you’re subscribed to a number of email mailing lists. Over time, this list grows and grows and before you know it, it’s out of control. It’s messy and requires you to spend a lot of your spare time simply sorting and filtering through all the junk. So what do we need to do to take back control of the inbox? Try these 3 simple steps… unsubscribe, manage and limit access to your inbox.

1. Unsubscribe & Clean Your Inbox – Activate Unroll.me

How much do you really read in your inbox? What is actually valuable to you? Is it really worth your time investment? Be vicious… if you aren’t likely to read it, get rid of it! Want a simple way to unsubscribe to all the junk? Use a tool called Unroll.me. This tool will compile a list of all the mailing lists you’re currently subscribed to and give you the opportunity to either unsubscribe or add to a daily ‘rollup’. This means that all your subscription emails will be complied into one email. You’ll see a preview of each email, and if you want to view the full version, you can then do so.

If you want to unsubscribe from emails the old fashion way, scroll to the very bottom of the email and look for the ‘unsubscribe’ or ‘mailing preferences’ link. You will then be directed to a website where you can see what lists you’re subscribed to (from this person). You may find that you are subscribed to a number of lists. You could either unsubscribe all or reduce the number of lists and only remain on the particular list that you’re likely to read.

2. Manage – Install Mailbox

If you’re looking for a really simple way to manage your inbox, you can’t go past a tool called Mailbox. It’s primarily a replacement for your mail application on iPhone, iPad, OSX or Android (sorry Windows users!). This tool is all about simplicity, with the aim of getting your inbox down to zero. It has the ability to quickly archive all your emails, move to simple subfolders or ‘snooze’ an email to return to your inbox at a time that you specify. I find this app really helpful to sort through the junk while I’m on the go. Then when I get to my desktop, it’s significantly less messy.

3. Limit Inbox Access – Limit Notifications

Once you have removed the bulk of the junk in your inbox, you’ll receive a lot less emails per day. Still, if you are not careful, it is easy to find yourself checking emails far too regularly. This is especially true if you have notifications turned on on your phone. I’ve decided to turn this off, and choose when I want to read emails rather than be constantly interrupted. I recommend scheduling time for this – morning, early and late afternoon. Give yourself time limits!

How do you manage your email inbox? Leave your comments below!

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