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Effortless Organizing Solution #6

Clear Out Your E-mail Inbox! Spend 15 minutes clearing out as many e-mails from your inbox as you can. Don't spend this time replying to e-mails. Focus on deleting e-mails you no longer need.

Create three sub-folders within your "inbox" folder; Reply, Follow-up, and Action.

As you come across e-mails that you need to reply to, move those to a "reply" folder.

As you come across e-mails that you need to follow-up on, move those to a "follow-up" folder.

Those e-mails requiring action, move to an "action" folder.

Delete, reply, follow-up, and action are your e-mail filters as you receive new messages.

Follow these steps and your e-mail in-box should remain "empty" at the end of each viewing.


liz jenkins said…
Good points-too many people leave all their emails in their inbox as a to do list - the problem is that it gets overwhelming. Breaking it down like this can be helpful as it will show people what they need to do with each one. Many times it's just a matter of thinking "what do I need to do with this?" to spur them on to taking an action.

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