You've Got {Too Much} Email! - Challenge Update 5 | From Overwhelmed to Organized: You've Got {Too Much} Email! - Challenge Update 5

Monday, May 27, 2013

You've Got {Too Much} Email! - Challenge Update 5

How did you do this week with the "You've Got {Too Much} Email" challenge?  I love that I'm seeing progress and hopefully you are too :)

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 391 emails this week.  Once again I surpassed my minimum goal of 250 each week so I'm happy with my progress.

And, I'm very happy to see that "Total Remaining" number down to less that 10,000!  Most of those are Sent emails and I haven't started tackling those yet.

This week I was busy catching up after being on vacation last week {why does it always feel like you need a vacation after a vacation?!}.  So, once again deleting emails was not a huge priority.  But I wanted to do better than just my minimum goal for a change :)

This week the emails I deleted were from the "Hubby" folder and the "Organizing" folder.

Hubby and I have shared our personal email address for years.  We each have our own addresses as well for different purposes (mine for the blog and his for entering contests online) but this one is the one our family and friends use to communicate with either or both of us {we don't keep secrets from each other - well except surprise parties - we used different email addresses when we were each planning each others' 40th birthday bashes!).

Anyway, back to Hubby's email folder.  Some stuff that is just for him is filtered to go straight into his folder and I also move things that I've read into his folder so he can just go straight there when he checks email.

He rarely cleans out his folder so I easily found emails to delete from there.  I did check with him what kind of emails he wanted to keep and what he was OK with me deleting before I jumped in.  Don't want any arguments about an inbox folder :)  And he's going to help out the challenge by deleting some more after he reads them again.

The Organizing folder was where I saved emails from other organizing blogs that I wanted to keep.  Before I joined Pinterest.  Need I say more?

Now I just pin the posts I want to keep as I read them.  So this week, I started going through this folder, refreshing my memory on great organizing tips and ideas, and then pinning those I wanted to save.

Here are a few of the boards where I pinned posts from my Organizing email folder:

Still plenty in this folder to go!  It's fun going through these organizing emails, but it takes a bit longer than when I was deleting "easy emails" earlier in this challenge.

Week by week, my inbox is becoming less cluttered and overwhelming.  How about yours?

If you're feeling overwhelmed when you check email, this challenge is for you!  Even if you just do a few minutes a day it will help!

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 Michael Hyatt, one of my favourite bloggers and authors. 

In this post, he acknowledges that people "just can't seem to keep up with the avalanche of digital messages hitting their inbox".  He then inspires each of us to become an "email ninja" {love that term!} and change our behaviour.   

Plus he gives great tips to help keep your inbox under control.  I've implemented some of these tips {I feel more ninja-ish already!} and I will continue to do even more. 

Check out Michael's post by clicking on the link below this picture and start being an email ninja too :)

Yes, You Can Stay on Top of E-Mail

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

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

Challenge Update Week 4
Dealing with emails as they come into your inbox

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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