Managing your email inbox can be pretty stressful. The emails are coming in faster than you can read them, and it seems like there’s never enough time in the day to make it through them all. Fortunately, there are several tips that make it easier to keep your inbox uncluttered – here are just a couple of them:
- Set up folders
Folders are a great, easy way to better manage emails and simplify your inbox. Often, you can set filters according to email address, so you can create a separate folder for your family, friends, and for individual clients or partners.
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.
- 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 several spots in your inbox.
With conversation view, whenever you address one email in a conversation, you are taking care of them all – a straightforward solution to a cluttered inbox.
- If it will take less than 5 minutes to address, deal with it right away
Any time an email will take five minutes or less to address, it’s counterproductive to put it off. If it must be done, it will have to either be done now or later, so why not do it now? As you continue this habit, these simple emails will start taking even less time and it will become like second nature to address emails as they arrive.
These tips are only three of many that can help simplify 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 tricks and tips, check out this Business Insider article.