Over the past few months, life has been quite chaotic. Between having our family in town for a month, moving into a new house + launching derivecollective.com – life felt crazy (beautiful + exciting, but crazy). In the midst of this wild time, I felt as if my inbox was piling up over my head and each time I would start diving into my inbox, I’d be hit smack in the face with overwhelm.
Now, this is not to say that I have it all together, or that my inbox is 100% responded to + empty BUT I wanted to share a few tips with you that have helped me get my blogging, consulting + personal inboxes back under control. Organizing your inbox can help with productivity and response time which in turn saves you so much time + headache!
Here’s 5 Tips On How To Organize Your Inbox:
➀ FLAG YOUR EMAILS
And not just *remember to look at this* flagging. I recommend you flag your email by importance, Aaron actually gave me this suggestion about a year ago + this has helped tremendously.
Flag your inbox by importance: i.e. green for most urgent, yellow for mildly urgent and red for least urgent
Also, something I recommend is making sure to flag income driving emails with green.
➁ USE A DESKTOP APPLICATION
Rather than opening your email within Safari or Google Chrome to read your emails, where you can be tempted by the other ten tabs you have open, instead, open your email in a desktop application and quit every other app on your computer.
Isolating your email within a desktop application gives you freedom from the browser (sayonara distractions!) which means you can focus solely on the task at hand. I have been loving Kiwi for Gmail, and as I shared in this Instagram post, it has allowed me to keep as organized as possible while having family in town, launching derivecollective.com + managing our consulting clients! This useful application allows you to utilize Gmail on your desktop without logging onto a browser. [Read more…]