It can be really hard to tear yourself away from that inbox, but it is really important to get your head out of the inbox long enough to enjoy life a little bit. Email and social media addiction is common for people nowadays who have to be ‘on’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn some techniques for getting out from under the mountain of emails and away from the computer long enough to spend time with people you love and maybe even a hobby or two.
Reduce Incoming Mail
Decrease inbox stress by decreasing your emails that come in daily. Unsubscribe from daily newsletters that are rarely opened or try a website that helps manage all subscriptions in one place.
One of the best ways to reduce email clutter is to cut down on the emails that sit unanswered. Write an email response, flag it or set reminds to get the job done. Some websites offer reminders or will even resend the original email as a ‘new message,’ to remind you that it is one that needs an answer right away.
Compose Without Distraction
When snail mail was the thing, it was easy to see the mail pile up and realize it had to be answered right this minute. The mailman is not going to bang on your door and leave letters, instead the emails just pile up unanswered. Pull out out the ‘compose email’ button without distraction from the inbox with some simple shortcuts. You can add these shortcuts by checking your inbox and mail for ways this can be done to shorten the time it takes to respond to emails while also composing messages without distraction.
Play the Game
The email game is an actual game. We are all procrastinators when it comes to answering emails for a reason. When you want to get that inbox to hit ‘zero,’ it takes some finesse to do things like set a timer and create a game out of it. The worst thing you can do is let the emails sit unanswered and get bogged down with stress over the whole thing. Work on setting up a system of reminders, timers and such that will work in your favor and do it a little bit at a time for the best success.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
It takes time and strategizing to make your inbox work for you. Nothing is perfect and you will not achieve this overnight but it is possible to get there with baby steps. Just as with addiction recovery, it takes small steps done with great intention to meet the goals in front of you. Don’t get overwhelmed by the magnitude of it, just get started and see what happens.
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