1. CHECK IT DAILY.
You don't have to respond to everything right away, but you can't prioritize anything until you know what you’re working with! Pick a time that you know you’ll have a few minutes to concentrate and stick to it.
2. USE IT AS A CHECKLIST
I leave emails in my inbox until I've addressed it. Then it goes to a folder.
3. FOLDERS, FOLDERS, AND MORE FOLDERS
Not only does this make things easier to find, it clears out your inbox without having to delete information you might need to look back on. The more specific you can be, the easier it is to go back and find a specific e-mail.
- Funny cat videos from your friends
PUT. IT. IN. A. FOLDER. You can also create settings for an e-mail address to automatically go to specific folder. For example, if you’re planning a vacation and working with a travel agency, you can set it so that all e-mails from that travel agency go directly to your “Beach Vacation 2016” folder.
4. UNROLL ME AND UNSUBSCRIBE
Unroll Me checks your inbox for subscriptions and allows you to a) keep it in your inbox, b) unsubscribe, or c) roll it up. Rather than getting 20 e-mails a day about the big HUGE sale at Target, Unroll Me catches all those advertisements and puts them into one e-mail! Also consider unsubscribing from social media updates for things like birthdays, Facebook likes, events, and so on.
5. DELETE IT
A wise Disney princess once sang, “Let it go” (thank you, Elsa). Set a time each month (or once a week if you're really ambitious) to delete everything you know you won't need. And don’t forget to permanently delete your trash folder! You wouldn’t keep full trash bags lying around the house, would you? You gotta take out the trash every once in a while.