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Monday, May 20, 2013

You've Got {Too Much} Email! - Challenge Update 4


How did you do this week with the "You've Got {Too Much} Email" challenge?  I'm not seeing many comments, but I've heard from people who have stepped up to tame their inbox clutter and I'm so happy this challenge has inspired you!

If you're just joining in and you're not sure what this challenge is all about, you can click here to read all about it.

Every Monday evening I post my update on how many emails I deleted during that week.  So here is this week's update!




I deleted 272 emails this week.  I surpassed my minimum goal of 250 each week so I'm happy with that.

I was on vacation this week, so deleting emails was not a huge priority :)  But again, I'm really happy to have the accountability of this challenge.  I would not likely have spent any time deleting emails this week if I didn't have to update you tonight!

This week the emails I deleted were all from the "Job Stuff" folder which was were I kept confirmation emails when I applied to jobs over the last few years.  Those confirmations are old and unnecessary so away they go!

I still have a long way to go...over 10,000 remaining!  But I'm making progress, one week at a time, and I'm really happy with it.  My inbox is gradually becoming less cluttered and overwhelming.  How about yours?

If you're feeling overwhelmed, remember if you just do a few minutes a day it will add up!  Break your overwhelming project into little bite-sized pieces.  Good advice for any decluttering or organizing project :)

During this challenge, I've been coming across other bloggers who have shared motivation and tips for managing your inbox and I thought it would be great to share them with you each week.

This week's tips come from Kristi at The House that Clutter Built.  She shares tips for how to keep your emails organized as they're coming in, so you can always keep the email clutter under control.  That way you won't have to do this big of a purge again :)
The House That Clutter Built:  Organizing All of That Email

I've included tips in the other update posts in this series, so if you've missed any of them, here's a list of all of them.

Why delete emails, how the challenge works & free tracking sheet

More on how the challenge works & "Done is better than perfect"

Tips for deleting "Easy" emails

Tips for both the "project" phase of cleaning up your inbox and the "maintaining" phase


Don't forget, you can join this challenge at any time!  You can choose to do a little bit each day or week or just jump in and do a bunch all at once.  

If you haven't downloaded your free spreadsheet or free printable tracking chart, click the appropriate link to get yours and then jump in and start deleting!

So have you been deleting emails?  What's your motivation?  What kind of emails have you been deleting?

Share your tips and progress in the comments so we can all encourage each other!


Check out the Challenges tab to see the rest of the posts in the series!


I'm enjoying sharing this journey with you.  We're all in this together :)   Here's to a less overwhelming inbox!




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4 comments:

  1. I love this series. I haven't been tracking my progress, but I've been motivated to streamline my email. One thing that has really helped me to keep on top of incoming emails is my smart phone. I find I'm more likely to delete stuff if I check my email on my phone. Don't know why that is but I won't complain lol

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    1. Glad you're enjoying the series Alli! And good job dealing with your emails too. I don't have a smart phone but I'm glad you find it helpful to delete emails there. Thanks for sharing that tip for others who may find that easier too!

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  2. I agree with Kristi at The House that Clutter Built - treat it like all the other mail. I don't have any email clutter. I keep folders in outlook for all my work related necessary mail but none of that lives longer than 3 months. I have my archiving set to delete anything older than 3 months. Just like mail in outside box..I toss it if I can't find a need for it, which I rarely do. I think part of my email attitude is carried over from my husband's hatred of managing an office of email hoarders. Good for you for clearing it out!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your tips Melissa! I love the idea of archiving work email. Good for you for having no email clutter!

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I love hearing from my readers! This is a great place to ask questions, answer questions, and share your organizing tips. Thank you so much for commenting! I look forward to getting to know you better :)