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Clear the clutter from your inbox

by Marquette Turner

in News & Views

If you’re tired of an inbox that’s overflowing with mail, you’ll want to read blogger Darren Rowse’s account of how he managed to go from 10,000 inbox messages to zero in a matter of 24 hours.

He started by routing all his e-mail accounts through Gmail, then made good use of Gmail’s label and filtering features to organize and/or eliminate messages. He also engaged in “merciless unsubscribing” of newsletters and “agressive archiving” of old mail.

Obviously this approach hinges on Gmail, which is suitable for small-biz users but probably not for corporate types. A home-office denizen myself, I use a similar method, but I’ve had some trouble getting Outlook to get along with Gmail’s IMAP servers. What about you? Do you have a killer solution for keeping your inbox neat and tidy? If so, we’d love to hear about it.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Marsha Egan May 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Keeping your inbox “neat and tidy” starts with adopting the practice of leaving it empty every time you go in it. That doesn’t mean you have to handle or work each item, put sort them into other e-folders for handling later.

Just as you handle paper/postal mail, you take it out of the mailbox, and sort it into piles or into the trash. Some you handle immediately, others you triage for the appropriate time in your week.

When you leave items in your inbox, it is akin to having that many pieces of paper on your desk in NO organized fashion. Instant stress!

Hope this helps!

Marsha Egan May 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Keeping your inbox “neat and tidy” starts with adopting the practice of leaving it empty every time you go in it. That doesn’t mean you have to handle or work each item, put sort them into other e-folders for handling later.

Just as you handle paper/postal mail, you take it out of the mailbox, and sort it into piles or into the trash. Some you handle immediately, others you triage for the appropriate time in your week.

When you leave items in your inbox, it is akin to having that many pieces of paper on your desk in NO organized fashion. Instant stress!

Hope this helps!

Marsha Egan May 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Keeping your inbox “neat and tidy” starts with adopting the practice of leaving it empty every time you go in it. That doesn’t mean you have to handle or work each item, put sort them into other e-folders for handling later.

Just as you handle paper/postal mail, you take it out of the mailbox, and sort it into piles or into the trash. Some you handle immediately, others you triage for the appropriate time in your week.

When you leave items in your inbox, it is akin to having that many pieces of paper on your desk in NO organized fashion. Instant stress!

Hope this helps!

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