As promised I’m going to take you through my process of purging my inbox. It’s been less than 48 hours and I’ve dedicated about 3 hours of what would have otherwise been downtime, to the effort. In this time, I’ve eliminated 2,048 unread emails and 2,274 total emails! I reorganized my folder system setting up five new folders and three sub-folders to keep track of my taxable business receipts.

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I’ve still got a long way to go but I feel GREAT about this progress! We must celebrate the small accomplishments in whatever we’re doing! I started with the super easy stuff to make a big dent right away. Here are my tips so far:

  • Delete all promotional emails, unless of course you’re going to use them immediately. Don’t keep it if you’re not in the market for the offer right now. I guarantee there will be another offer from that brand awaiting your attention as soon as next week, if not sooner.  I deleted all of them because 1) I don’t need anything right now and 2) I’ll waste time browsing the websites they link to and I don’t want to spend the money (see #1, I don’t need anything).
  • Unsubscribe from the brands you don’t pay attention to anymore. You can do them one by one or by using a service like http://unroll.me. I have typically been someone who manually unsubscribes every  six months or so but decided to try unroll.me this week. It finds all your email subscriptions and allows you to manage them all in one place. I had 100 email subscriptions – WOW!

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  • Delete shipping confirmation and payment receipts. Many times these are just notifications of information that lives within your account wherever you purchased the product. It’s a duplicate – digital clutter – delete it.
  • Quickly browse through your emails. If you see a few senders are filling up that inbox, do a search for all emails from that sender and mass delete them.
  • You may find it fun to look back at some old emails! The nostalgia and memories can sometimes be hard and reflective of difficult times in your life, but you may also find some awesome stuff like I did – a picture of my oldest son being kissed on the cheek by grandma when he was just a little dude! Precious!

Bottom line – I’ve been putting this off for years. Literally, years. I have emails dating back to the day I setup my Gmail account in 2007. That’s 9 years of digital “stuff”. It feels great to make a dent! All you need to do is start. You, my readers, are holding me accountable for my progress. Need some motivation of your own? Give me a call!

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