How To Deal With Email Pile Up
Email pile up can be a bit overwhelming. Seeing a thousand emails in your inbox after a weekend or a holiday can very stressful and set you off on a bad start. Fortunately, these tips can help you deal with your overflowing inbox and manage stress.
Sort It Out
The problem with returning to your email after a vacation is things tend to accumulate. New emails mix get mixed in with the old and it can be harder to manage later.
If you already have a lot of emails in your folder even before your break, do the following steps:
- Create an email folder labeled “Old Emails”
- Transfer all existing emails that you’ve received before your vacation
- This way, it’s much easier to sort out and prioritize and you’ll know which emails to handle first when you can get back
- Remember, the bigger the pile the more you worry- so try to keep it to inbox 0 as much as you can
Delete, delete, delete
Make sure all deleted emails go to trash and not go to archives
- This will help you practice deleting the unnecessary emails and you won’t be pressure thinking those useless emails are still in your archives.
- With a lot of practice, deleting time wasting emails will be automatic for you
Going through emails efficiently is an art form and does require some getting used to. Here are a few tips:
- Sort or search by subject. This way you can get rid of any repeated emails and just read the whole thread in one email
- Sort by from. This will help you determine which ones are VIP and should be dealt with immediately (boss, project manager, family and etc.) . This will also help eliminate any spam that might have come in.
- Sort by date. For the rest of the non VIP emails, sorting by date will help you determine which ones to tackle first
- Do not skip. Deal with each message and don’t go to the next one until you’ve replied/sorted/deleted an email.
Notes were taken from the article “3 Steps To Catching Up On Email After Vacation” from RegainYourTime.com .