As noted in this week’s blogs, I’m on a big efficiency kick this summer. And part of what I’m kicking free of is too much time spent on my email program. I already posted some tips. But here are still more for those of you interested in cleaning up your inbox act, too:
? Keep your own emails short, to the point, and informative, so that you don’t beg more questions or tangential ruminations from your recipients.
? When you do download your email, treat each one like you’d treat paper. No, no! That doesn’t mean let it accumulate in piles. Instead, either reply to the email, file it, or delete it. Don’t let it stack up in your inbox.
? Unsubscribe to all those mass emails (e.g., newsletters, updates, email group) that you never really look at.
? Don’t respond to every joke that gets forwarded your way. The less you engage the forwarders, the less email you end up with.
? Get in the habit of clearing out your inbox every day – or at least being able to see some clear space at the bottom of the inbox. (That would mean you have less than 10-15 emails in your inbox.)
? Create folders into which you can sort you can emails. Label them by client or urgency. Consider making folders even for emails like “special offers” or “newsletters to read” or “personal.” Then designate a time to go through the emails in each folder.
Next up: How my email efficiency campaign is working out. (Hint: The news is good. This can be done.)