If there’s one thing I’ve learned between being a business owner and an influencer, it’s that my email inbox can get very hectic. I obviously separate the two the best that I can, but that doesn’t mean that either of the two worlds ever slows down. Since I’ve been going at it for quite some time now, I’ve nailed down a few tricks, and I’ve asked you guys for some suggestions as well for managing a busy, and often full, email inbox.
One of the first steps to getting organized when it comes to your emails is creating designated folders. Create as many folders as possible for all of your different ventures. For example, if you’re still a student, you’d want to have a designated for each of your courses. On the other hand, if you’re a freelancer, you should have folders for each of your separate clients. Trust me, organization is key here.
Schedule Designated “Email” Time
Since I’m so busy, I’ve gotten to the point where I have to use my calendar for everything, including answering emails. I schedule at least one hour of my day to dedicate all of my time solely to emails. This way I can get back to as many as people as possible and (hopefully!) get my inbox as close to zero as possible. While I don’t
Unsubscribe From Unwanted Subscriptions
We can all relate to seeing our inbox cluttered with subscriptions we don’t even remember signing up for. As a result, we tend to ignore these messages, causing them to pile up and clutter our inboxes even more. Taking some time to unsubscribe for any subscriptions you don’t use will only help you in the long run, and remind you to not sign up for anything that won’t be worthwhile in the future.
Respond To Urgent Work Emails In A Timely Fashion
The simplest way to manage your inbox is to get back to people as quickly as possible. If it has to with work, it’s probably best to respond ASAP, if it’s something that can be handled within a few minutes. On the other hand, if it’s something that you know will take a lot more of your time, let it be one of those tasks that you save for later.
Set Reminder to Respond and Follow-Up
Since we’re all super busy, it’s easy to forget to send those follow-up emails that we owe people. To save your time and everyone else’s, set a reminder to send your follow-up emails at the end of every day. This way you’re on top of all of your email threads and you don’t owe anyone a response, and you’ve already checked in with anyone who owes you one as well.
What are some of your email inbox management tips? Let me know in the comments below!