This is a guest post from Carolynn, a former teacher turned stay at home mom of four children; ages 6, 5, 3, and almost 2. She is very sentimental and likes to keep everything. She also gets overwhelmed very easily when it comes to organization. Unfortunately, Carolynn usually put off organizing until she’s so stressed she has to do something about it! Carolynn blogs about parenting, couponing, and Financial Peace University at My Little Bit of Life.
How I Went Through over 16,000 E-mails in Just Over 3 Months
I used to have an overflowing e-mail inbox; now I have a manageable inbox.
Goal in Motion
- I started with the oldest e-mails.
- I highlighted them by clicking on the delete box at the top.
- I scanned through who sent the e-mail, if I found one that I might need or want to read then I looked at the subject.
- Then I looked through all the subjects (I highly recommend doing both because there were many times I found an important e-mail that I needed to keep, that I would have missed by only looking at the sender OR the subject), if I found one that I might need or want to read; then I looked at the sender.
- I “un-clicked” any e-mails I thought I would need/like to keep.
- I then sent each specific e-mail to their specific folder. If I didn’t already have a folder set up for the subject, then I made one right away and filed it.