Drowning In Emails? Take Control With These Tips

Karina Keith

Email inbox strategies that work Do you have trouble with your inbox and emails continuing to pile up? I know I do. Email has become …

Email inbox strategies that work

email drowningDo you have trouble with your inbox and emails continuing to pile up? I know I do. Email has become my online version of fire-fighting. If you’re struggling to keep your inbox manageable, check out these blogs that focus your attention in the right areas.

Lean Office 5S for the Email Inbox

Organized Audrey shares the Lean Office 5S technique to better manage the email Inbox. My fave tip is to set up a file folder structure that mirrors the project folders sitting on your desk. This common sense approach really make sense. Try it, but be sure to not create too many folders as it will discourage you from using them. Read more at OrganizedAudrey.com

5 Ways to Take Control of Your Email Inbox

Forbes has some great tips to get us back to work rather than focussing on our email clutter. Do you check emails just before dashing off somewhere or just before bed? Author Cathie Ericson sites this as a no-no. If you can’t give your email the appropriate attention, don’t bother checking it. Wait until you have the time to respond as needed. Read more at Forbes.com

How to Keep Your Email Inbox Under Control

Harvard Business Review shares David Silverman’s 8 tips for better email management. A few highlights include:

  • No scrolling – Keep your email list short so you can see them all on one screen without scrolling down.
  • One email per topic – Only the most recent email in a chain gets to stay.
  • Daily scrubbing – Every day, go through every email in your inbox and decide what can be deleted.
  • Nothing older than a month – After a month, if the email hasn’t been dealt with, do it or delete it.

Read more at HarvardBusinessReview.com


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Karina Keith is a consultant with CornerStone Dynamics Inc. 'Katching up with Karina' blogs focus on the top web finds for the month. Aligning project goals along with truly understanding what motivates people to get their jobs done is what Karina does best.

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