Your email inbox is likely one of your primary connections to the world but, if it goes unattended for just one day, it can quickly become overwhelming. Missing emails can mean overlooking important details or missing out on opportunities. Luckily, there are several tricks that can help prevent your inbox from becoming untamable. Here are three of them:
1. Set up folders
Setting up folders, tags or labels in your inbox allows your email client to categorize emails automatically. You can commonly set filters according to email address, so emails from your Aunt Hilda will go into their own folder and won’t clutter your inbox.
With this feature, trivial emails are filtered out and don’t take up essential space in your inbox. It’s pretty easy to set this up and since this feature is available in most email clients and services, it is likely available to you.
2. Enable conversation view
Enabling conversation (or “threaded”) view in your email client minimizes the number of visible emails in your inbox. Emails that are related to one conversation will all be found under one “email” instead of taking up multiple spots in your inbox.
With conversation view, when you address one email in a conversation, you are taking care of them all – a straightforward solution to a cluttered inbox.
3. If it will take less than 5 minutes to address, deal with it right away
Any time an email will take five minutes or less to tackle, it’s counterproductive to put it off. If it must be done, it will have to either be done now or later, so why not do it now? As you continue this habit, these basic emails will start taking even less time and it will become like second nature to address emails as they arrive.
These tips are only three of many that can help simplify your email inbox. They’re easy ways to manage your email and help make it less stressful, so why not try them out?
For more tips on email management check out this Business Insider article.