Currently, I manage 3 separate email inboxes for my personal, freelance, and Pitch’n emails – and every week I get a ton of emails. They range from business emails to articles and blogs I subscribe to or just personal emails from friends and family.
Over the last number of months, I have been using Mailbox to help organize my emails by scheduling unimportant emails to come back at a more convenient time. This removes them from the inbox so I don’t feel overwhelmed and makes prioritizing things a lot easier, however, I still end up with a full inbox over time.
I’ve found that as the week goes on, I’m getting busier and busier and I can never find the time to get to the emails I really want to read — even if rescheduled using Mailbox. This leads to the situation I am in now where my Pocket list is overflowing and my inboxes are full of emails (mostly articles) that I have not had a chance to review and file away.
So, starting this week, I’m going to try something as part of an experiment to increase productivity for me throughout the week — and hopefully recover some of my sanity. I’m going to be dedicating Mondays as a mail day where every Monday I get to inbox zero — no matter what!
If it’s a slow week and I finish my emails early then I’ll jump into completing tasks scheduled for the rest of the week but Monday’s goal will always be to clear out the clutter and start the week fresh. Not to say I won’t be checking emails throughout the week but it just ensures I don’t let emails sit for weeks or months hoping I’ll one day get around to them. We’ll see how it goes.
How Do You Manage Emails?
I’d be interested to hear what other people are doing to maximize their productivity, especially with email overload. If you have other ideas or just think I’m going about this all wrong, let me know in the comments!
A couple weeks in and I’m already noticing my inbox being lighter. Rather than having 30+ emails that are lingering around I only have 5 or 8. A definite improvement that I think will only get better as I build a strong routine around this idea.