Guide to Controlling Your Email Inbox

A busy business owner’s guide to taming an out of control email inbox

Article by Monica Shepherd

Secretly, my ultimate goal is an empty inbox. I create folders and sub-folders and diligently file emails away as soon as possible, or delete anything I no longer need. The thought of my inbox growing massive in number kind of scares me – an irrational fear that if it grows beyond a certain amount, it’s too late to be saved, and I’d just have to give up and let it run wild. Some might call it OCD, I just like to call it ‘organised’.

Sorting through and dealing with emails can become a time-consuming and unproductive task. While ‘Inbox Zero’ may seem like an unattainable goal, a clean and manageable inbox is within everyone’s grasp. Here are my 10 tips for taming an out of control inbox:

  1. Filter
  2. Deal with emails immediately
  3. Dedicate email time
  4. Create folders
  5. Create templates
  6. Create rules

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