It's easy to let old emails pile up over time and disappear into a large, unorganized mass in your inbox. You might think to yourself that someday, perhaps, you'll need old messages so you should store them forever. Unclutterer recommends you stop thinking of your inbox as a filing cabinet and get rid of old emails completely.
Photo remixed from Alexander Staubo.
Unclutterer suggestss a simple four step process for clearing out your inbox:
- Decide what each message is.
- Decide what must be done.
- Do what must be done.
- Delete the message (or archive it in a separate folder, if that is what your employer directs).
The point is that you delete old messages that you don't need to reference at some point instead of letting them pile up and distract you when you're looking for something important. If you're always searching around for that one important email in a sea of junk, spam, and useless notes, this method might be a good approach to take.
Your email inbox is not a filing cabinet [Unclutterer]