One of the nicest things you can do for yourself to start the New Year off right is to clean up your inbox.
I have been to dinner with friends who have thousands (and I mean thousands) of emails on their phones. How do they find anything? Just think of your inbox at work. Like yours, mine is seriously overloaded.
An overflowing inbox is one of the biggest sources of stress at work. This is a great time to leave this stress behind and start off the New Year with a fresh, uncluttered inbox.
This is not the time to simply select all of your emails and mark them as read. Thoroughly go through your messages keeping two things in mind – is it urgent and can it be deleted?
Reply right away to any urgent messages and remove yourself from email chains that you don’t need to be a part of. Unsubscribe from newsletters that just aren’t interesting to you (of course, not the Dataman Group newsletter –that’s chock full of great tips)
From there, create filters and rules to help keep your inbox as clutter free as possible.
Remember – don’t leave your next big inbox clean up until the end of the next year. Schedule a time to clean up your inbox once per month, or at least once per quarter. “Inbox zero” is nearly impossible, but having control of your inbox will make you feel like you’re under control.
Happy New Year!