METHOD #3: KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR EMAIL
Although I’m not an Inbox Zero purist, I do strive to keep a minimal number of emails in my email Inbox. Having a zillion messages smack me in the face when I open my email really freaks me out. It can get especially crazy with all of the holiday advertising that retailers bombard us with this time of year.
As a result, I’m hyper-vigilant about managing email on a regular (read Daily) basis. A tool that I’ve found to be incredibly useful for managing email is Unroll.me. This free service organizes your emails to create a single daily summary email. It also enables you to easily unsubscribe from emails that you no longer wish to receive.
If you worked through the Paper Declutter Challenge, you’re now familiar with the distinction between action and reference papers. I make the same distinction with email messages.
Only the “action emails” remain in my Inbox. The reference emails that I decide to keep are either filed within an appropriate email folder, or are sent to Evernote for storage (you can learn more about email organization here).
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