I feel great! I just totally cleaned out several of my listserv (EML) folders to ZERO!
I hear it all the time: “I have so many emails I can’t function!” or “I don’t know what to do with all these old emails that I really need to read.”
No; you do NOT have to read them all! But having them ‘hanging around’ definitely causes mental clutter. So, how do you manage them?? It’s really simple if you follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Do you have folders and filters set up? I DO believe I’ve talked about this before, but when you’re busy, you forget.. If you do NOT, set them up, now. In some email readers, after you’ve set up a folder and a filter/rules, there is a place where the email reader will search your messages and put them into the designated folder.
Step 2: Hit the delete button! If it’s over a month old and you haven’t read OR taken action on it, chances are real good you’re not. And it’s just making you nuts, so why keep it around? We really do open up new opportunities when we clear the clutter!
Step 3: Start a new habit of dealing with each email that comes into your inbox right then and there. Don’t tell yourself you’ll come back to it. David Allen suggests creating a folder that starts with “@” if there are emails you feel you need to address, but don’t have the time. For me, if it’s an email I need to read with complete concentration or respond to in some way, and I don’t have the time at that moment, I keep it highlighted. Then, twice a week, I go back and make sure that all of those have been addressed.
Take these three simple steps NOW! Don’t wait. Trust me, it really will feel good! And let me know how it goes!
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