Does anyone else wake up in the morning to a flood of emails?
They’re not spam exactly; Gmail isolates those for me. But many of my early-morning emails are unwanted, “updates” from groups or social media networks or retailers.
For a while, I simply deleted them. I wanted them out of my inbox, so I could easily see correspondence that needed responses. Delete, delete, delete.
But when you delete those emails, a funny thing happens: they return the next day. If not the next day, the next week. If not the next week, the next month. If you simply delete annoying emails, they’ll find their way back to your inbox sometime down the road.
In other words, deleting is a short-term solution.
So what’s a long-term solution? Unsubscribing. (Most group emails include that option as a tiny link at the bottom.) Or changing your email settings for that particular group or network. Or, if you want to continue receiving those emails but without letting them clog your inbox, start a new folder — I call mine “not important” — and create a filter (by keyword or sender) that files those emails directly to that folder. (If you use Gmail — though I believe other email clients offer filtering options, too.)
Taking a few minutes each morning to unsubscribe or change your settings or create filters will save you hours of deleting in the long run.
This is just one of many tools and techniques that could help you Take Back Your Inbox. That sounds like it should be a hashtag, or even an event. #TakeBackMyInbox.
How are you taking back your inbox?