Monday, July 11, 2011

Emails: I've been down this road before

My inbox almost killed me in April when I visited family in Georgia.

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.
I planned no writing time or social media. Heck, I can't get iPhone service where our family lives. Their home is in a dead spot — not a single bar.

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?


  1. wish I'd read this before I took my unexpected 4 days off from social media. Came back to a chock full inbox. Took ages to go through it all. Hehhehe.

  2. I didn't realize you could turn off the FB writing group does that work?

  3. Lynda, I get a lot of emails (by choice mostly). My system to streamline emails remains work-in progress.

  4. Jennifer, go to the group's facebook page. At the top there is an "edit settings" button. You should be able to change the settings to remove email alerts. I did this to my most chatty groups. When I go to FB, I can see the notification when people comment.


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