I recently posted a blog about tidying up your personal life. One of the biggest sources of clutter comes from your inbox. Here are three quick strategies to conquer your email:
1. Create an affirmation folder.
Occasionally people will send me kind notes related to my work or something I’ve helped them with. I store these emails in an affirmation folder as a reminder that even on my hardest days the overall good always outweighs the bad.
2. Set an inbox max capacity goal.
My goal is to always keep my inbox capped at 100 emails. Typically I’m able to maintain this balance by responding and filing emails quickly. Even though I can’t control the amount of work that comes in, I have found that this is an effective way to manage the stress.
3. Try something besides thank you.
If you’re like me, you use lots of pleases and thank yous. For the longest I always closed emails with thank you, but I recently noticed how quickly I typed that message and felt it no longer seemed genuine. As a result I’ve been trying new closings in an effort to demonstrate my sincerity.
Be sure to check out the Tidying Up Your Personal Life post for more tips!