* Today is day #8 of my 28 days of blogging.
Your inbox can get out of control, fast! One day everything's fine, the week later you have 77 unread messages.
I read all of my emails when they come in but if they require me to reply or do something that I can't do at that moment, I mark it as unread so that I can get to it at a later time. But I never get to it because new emails keep coming in!
Show do you tame this beast? I have the answer!
1- Create a folder within your email account. Call it the "Action Required" or something similar.
This is where you will be storing all of those incoming emails that require you to take an action.
2- Set aside at least 30 minutes and grab a notepad. You will ONLY read those pending emails during those 30 minutes. Nothing else. Sit down with your notepad and go through all of your unread emails, jotting down everything that you need to do to get them cleared.
3- If you can take care of the email at this time, do it. If not, make a note of what needs to be done and move the email to the folder you created earlier, the "Action Required" folder.
Now you've organized your inbox AND you have a to-do list to tackle so that you can actually take care of those emails, once and for all.
But you need to keep this up! Every time you get a new email that requires an action from you, jot it down and move it to the "Action Required" folder or you'll be right back where you started! And remember to set aside 30 minutes each week, preferably on the same day and time each week, so that you can keep on top of your "Action Required" folder.
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