Do you remember how it is to have an empty email account? When it says “You have no mail.” and looks so tidy?
Last week I signed into my junk email account and found that I had over 20,000 unread emails! For the last six months, in my head, I had just stopped caring about that email account, but now I want to do something about it. As I have time, I’m chipping away at looking at old emails and now am just deleting most of them (I processed 10,000 today!).
I now have four email accounts, and one is new, so it is easy to keep it “Clean.” (What I mean by clean is all emails are answered, archived, or deleted). It’s helpful for me to have different email accounts for different things: Personal email, work email, educational email, and then the junk email account.
Tips on how to create a “cleaner” email inbox:
- I shut down notifications for one of my accounts that produces dozens of emails a day. See if you can change the setting to just send notifications in one email per day.
- Setting a time of day to just deal with the emails and respond to them helps you just do it.
- Have a “house-cleaning day” and just focus on cleaning out that email inbox. I hadn’t cleaned out my junk email account for over three years. Today I deleted or archived over 10,000 emails. It’s taken me down memory lane reminding me how many good things have happened in the last few years.
- Whoever created “archive” for email is a genius! So, if you are not sure if you want to keep that email, archive it instead of deleting it.
Having a clean inbox makes my mind feel lighter, so whether that is the case for you or not, I wish you the best. May your inbox receive many emails that bring you joy (then you can archive them!)
By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2015