If you’re like me you probably wage a battle against an imploding inbox. A blog post yesterday by Lynda K Scott resonated with me. She pondered about email: good, bad or ho hum. Like me, she tends to delete a lot of email without even reading it.
Although I subscribe to dozens of lists, I’ve pruned back hard after being away quite a bit in the last six months. On my return I didn’t reinstate most of the mail from the lists I previously subscribed to. The exception was mail from publisher/author lists and a promo/marketing list for authors.
I deal with email on the day it arrives in the following manner.
1. Read email from editors and business emails from publishers. Action and file in folders as relevant.
2. Quickly scan newsletters for relevant articles. If nothing in the content grabs my attention I hit delete. If I’m interested in an article I’ll send it to Evernote. A very handy tool that I can’t recommend enough! I wouldn’t be without it.
3. Pick one or two promo type emails from other authors if I have time. What attracts me is a catchy title or if the promo comes from someone I know or if it’s something about writing craft that grabs my interest. I’ll click over to the article or blog and take the time to comment if I’m engaged.
4. Delete everything else.
The above helps me keep my inbox from becoming too fat. Some people I know use the filtering system to send emails to relevant folders on arrival, but I prefer to do this step manually. If an email disappears from the business part of my inbox I’m not likely to read it.
How do you cope with your email? Do you have any tips to keep an inbox slender?