A few weeks ago, we traveled to Iowa to celebrate my in-laws 50th anniversary.
|Howard and Barb Jensen at their 50th anniversary party in Fort Dodge, Iowa.|
The whole trip involved family time, party stuff, family time, party stuff and family time. It also marked the first time I visited Iowa without snow on the ground. Nice weather. Bad mosquitoes.
I did several things to avoid the "700 emails in the inbox issue."
- Took a close look at email subscriptions — I deleted many business subscriptions, because I'm not in the market a "special deal" or to spend money.
- Unsubscribed a little more — I unsubscribed to blogs on writing, coupons and blogging. I saved one email from each site and labled it "resubscribe." In a month, I'll see if I need the blog in my inbox every day or if I can continue living without it.
- Deleted it — I read, filed away or deleted all but two emails in my inbox before we left our house. The task took two hours. I loved the white space in the inbox.
- Changed settings — I follow a few Facebook groups on writing, so I eliminated email notices on posts.
- Changed frequency — I updated my Google Alert frequency to a weekly delivery. I have several alerts, so this eliminated around 60 emails for the week.
I'm not sure what I missed in the blogosphere for that week. I Tweeted some as hubby battled traffic across Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. I used the car time as a way to clean up my Twitter feed.
I continue to struggle with the volume.
Two posts I love about the inbox are from Michael Hyatt and Mary DeMuth. A long-term goal is to implement a system to empty my inbox daily. I'm not there yet, but I'm working on it.
How do you make your inbox manageable?